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Woman arrested after train hits car

Everyone out of car when it was struck

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 8:06 a.m. CST

A Joliet woman was arrested early Sunday after her vehicle was struck by a train in Mazon.

According to the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department crash report, the incident took place just after 12:20 a.m. on E. Grand Ridge Road, about one-eighth of a mile east of Illinois 47.

The report states two deputies and a sergeant responded to a reported accident involving a train and a car on Grand Ridge Road and, upon arrival, observed a blue 2012 Saturn Ion on the tracks with damage to the passenger side and rear.

Three people were standing on the south side of the tracks, including the woman identified as the vehicle’s driver, Suzanne McDonnell, 47, of Joliet.

The law enforcement officers observed that McDonnell allegedly appeared to be intoxicated at the time.

She said she was traveling east on Grand Ridge Road when a car struck her, spun her out on the tracks and that she and her two passengers, including one minor, exited the vehicle. She could not provide a description or direction of travel for the vehicle. She said the BNSF train next struck the vehicle.

The train’s conductor said the vehicle was vacant and appeared to be stuck in gravel when he struck the vehicle. Another witness said McDonnell was driving and got stuck on the tracks, left, and the train struck it.

No injuries were reported, but deputies arrested McDonnell for driving under the influence of alcohol and endangering the life or health of a child and transported her to the Grundy County jail, where she posted $300 bond and was released from custody.

She was also cited for improper lane usage, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and driving under the influence of alcohol.

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