ST. JOHN — Police are still investigating after a 35-year-old Cedar Lake man struck a train while driving his motor scooter Wednesday morning on West 93rd Avenue, police said.
The Cedar Lake man was taken to a hospital Wednesday morning and was listed that afternoon as in stable condition, according to a news release from St. John Police Chief James Kveton. He was not wearing a helmet.
St. John police, fire and emergency personnel found the injured person after responding to the scene about 9:47 a.m. for a report of a collision between a CSX Railroad and a scooter.
"Based on the location of the impact on the locomotive the motor scooter did strike the side of the locomotive, which was already occupying the crossing at the time of impact," Kveton said in an email.
Shortly after the incident, CSX Railroad officials notified law enforcement all train traffic was stopped on both CSX and the Norfolk Southern rail "for protection of the incident scene, the public, and emergency responders," during the investigation.
A preliminary investigation shows the train was traveling southbound at 21 miles per hour and all lights and bells were activated and working properly at the Highway Rail Grade Crossing, according to police. The scooter was traveling westbound on 93rd Avenue.
The locomotive horn was activated based on data recovered from the locomotive and the crossing, Kveton said in the release. The speed of the motor scooter is unknown, police said.
West 93rd Avenue was closed between Hack and Hart streets for a crash investigation.
St. John Police police are working with the Lake County Sheriff’s Police Accident Reconstruction Team on the investigation. CSX Railroad Special Agents and CSX officials along with a witness to the incident are cooperating fully with this investigation, Kveton said.
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