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8:13 PM, Jun 30, 2012   |    comments
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(KSDK)-East St. Louis Metrolink train service was interrupted for a while in the Metro-East Saturday afternoon after a fatal, single car crash at a train crossing.

It happened on Kingshighway south of I-64 about 2:00 in East St. Louis near the Washington Park station. 









East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Floore said the adult male driver was driving a Chevy Malibu stolen about 9:00 Saturday morning in East St. Louis.

Chief Floore says the driver was heading south on Kingshighway, driving at a high rate of speed.  For unknown reasons, the driver collided with a metal pole that supports the railroad lights.

He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Floore said, "Witnesses say the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed.  He lost control and hit guard rail at Metrolink train track."

The incident did interrupt Metrolink train service for a time.  Metro officials say passengers were being transported by bus from the Emerson Park Station to Fairview Heights.

A Metro train did pass through the crossing at 4:25 p.m. Saturday.












































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