Grade Crossing Crash

Investigation Details

What Happened

NTSB has initiated an investigation into a grade crossing crash that occurred on May 11, 2022 in Clarendon Hills, IL. Vice-Chairman Landsberg is the Board member on-scene.​

​​Updated May 13, ​2022

Clarifications to May 12 NTSB on-scene media briefing on Metra highway rail-grade crossing collision

  • ​Kinematic and injury mechanisms for the fatally injured passenger are still being investigated.
  • Calendar year 2021 saw 2,148 highway rail-grade crossing occurrences, with 238 of them ​fatal, according to data from the Federal Railroad Administration. For Illinois, 2021 had 125 occurrences, 21 of them fatal. 
  • The Illinois Commerce Commission inspects and regulates the general safety of railroad tracks, facilities and equipment in the state.
  • The FRA recommendation status on window glazing (R-14-074) is Open-Acceptable Response.
  • Parties to the investigation include:

​Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Metra Police Department

Village of Clarendon Hills

Illinois Commerce Commission


BNSF Railway

Brotherhood of Railway Signalman (BRS)

Sheet Metal Air Rail Transportation Workers (SMART)

Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen (BLET)