Police seek suspects

By Dave Gomez

DeKalb police are still searching for the second occupant of an abandoned car that was destroyed by a train early Sunday morning at the intersection of Fourth Street and Lincoln Highway.

Police have interviewed one of the vehicle’s occupants, whose name they have not released, and are investigating whether alcohol was involved in the accident.

No one was injured in the early-morning accident, and police have not made any arrests or issued any tickets.

Police said that the driver of a Buick Skylark traveling north on Fourth Street turned west onto the railroad tracks around 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

Police were told by witnesses that a man and a woman exited the vehicle after driving it onto the tracks.

Witnesses said they overheard the man yelling at the woman and blaming her for mistaking the railroad tracks for a road.

The man and woman noticed an approaching train and left the area shortly after the verbal exchange, witnesses said.

An eastbound train then struck the vehicle, pushing it to the other side of Fourth Street.

The vehicle was completely demolished, but no damage was done to the surrounding area, DeKalb Police Lt. Jim Kayes said.

It is not likely the train was seriously damaged in the collision, Kayes said.

The Skylark is registered to Michael Weinert, 27, of La Grange Park. Police would not say whether they have spoken to Weinert.

Police were unable to confirm whether Weinert was one of the occupants or why the other occupant of the vehicle hasn’t been located.

Motorists can occasionally be disoriented at the intersection and drive onto the tracks, Kayes said.

A similar accident involving an abandoned car occurred several years ago at the intersection of Seventh Street and Lincoln Highway, Sgt. Jason Leverton said. No one was injured in the crash.