Train nearly hits police cruiser in Illinois; malfunctioning equipment to blame, according to railroad agency

Posted at 12:00 PM, Dec 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-27 12:00:59-05

MOKENA, Ill. — Stunning dash camera video from an Illinois police cruiser shows just how close the officer and two other cars came to getting hit by a train.

In the video, you see a car in front of the police cruiser driving down the street in the town of Mokena.

As the vehicles approach a railroad crossing, the coast appears to be clear, and the stop arm is not down.

Then from the left, you see the train barrel across the road just after the car crosses.

The officer swerves out of the way just in time.

Metra, the commuter railroad, said a short in the equipment at the crossing was to blame. Crews fixed the problem in a few hours.

The incident happened in November, but the officer involved, Peter Staglewicz, just posted the video on his Facebook page.