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Family sues Metra over train-car crash


Samira Baker

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Updated: July 13, 2012 10:43AM

The family of a Mokena teenager killed by an oncoming train at a railroad crossing last month is suing Metra over her death.

Lawyers for Samira Baker’s father, Kaled Bakr, filed the complaint Thursday in Will County Circuit Court accusing the agency of negligence.

Authorities said 19-year-old Samira Baker’s 1999 Nissan Altima was inside the gates of the railroad crossing at 191st Street near LaGrange Road as the train approached on its way to Chicago at 9:45 p.m. June 13.

A witness said Baker’s car had come to a stop inside the gates, and one of the gates was on the back of her car. Though her Altima was not on the tracks at first, the witness said the car then rolled forward.

A Metra official said the train’s engineer saw the car, sounded the horn and tried to stop. She said the train was going 70 mph, though, and it hit the driver’s side of Baker’s Altima, pushing it about a half-mile down the track. Metra said the crossing’s gates and lights were working.

Baker was killed the week after she graduated from Lincoln-Way East High School.

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