No lawsuit has been filed yet in connection with the death of Patricia Quane, an Oak Park resident killed by a Metra express train while crossing the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe tracks at Longcommon Road in Riverside on Aug. 23. But the attorney for her family said last Friday that the case was still “moving toward litigation.”
“It’s just taking a little longer than we anticipated,” said Thomas Prindable, an attorney from the Clifford Law Offices in Chicago.
Prindable said that several people have called Quane’s family after reading press accounts of the incident and that his law firm’s independent investigation “is revealing more information.”
Meanwhile, Riverside Police Detective Sgt. John Krull expressed frustration with Metra, saying the company “has not been responsive” to requests to interview the engineer of a commuter train stopped at the Riverside station at the time of the incident or for a list of employees on that train.
One witness has said that the conductor of one of the passenger cars motioned commuters toward the train, and that Quane may have misunderstood his signal and crossed in front of the train and into the path of the oncoming express. The commuter train left the station before police could conduct interviews with its employees.
Shortly after the incident, police obtained five statements from witnesses. Last week, one more witness surfaced, whom Krull described as a passenger who saw the collision from his seat in the upper deck of the stopped train.
Krull also said police had amended the preliminary accident report to reflect the correct positioning of rail cars on the track at the time of the crash.