Tinley Motorcycle Driver Dead After Crash in Orland with Metra Train

The Chicago Tribune reported that the driver died early Friday morning after a crash near Wolf Road and 175th Street in Orland Park.

Metra officials are still working on a full report of an accident that left a motorcyclist dead around 1 a.m. Friday.

Joseph S. DeMarco, 50, of the 16800 block of South 81st Avenue, was named as the victim Friday afternoon, according to the Cook County Coroner's Office.

No other people were injured in the accident, which occurred near 175th Street and Wolf Road in Orland, according to the Chicago Tribune. Metra staff confirmed Friday that the gates and warning signals were working as intended at the crash's location.

Metra officials said DeMarco struck one of the gates before the train, Triblocal reported.

Sue N. March 03, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Sadly, I also know what its like to lose someone like this, so my prayers go out to Mr. DeMarco's family. @BP - Please provide your reliable source to support "KILLERS always investigate themselves in Illinois- 2 minutes on Google maps shows the engineer is a lier. With all the sight obstructions there the railroad brass along with their state federal railroad people need to sitting in Levenworth sitting on foot lockers 16 hours a day. With close to 13,000 vehicles a day & the gates having to be down at least 20 seconds before the train arrived" The website you provided failed to provide the facts to support your statements. Even the pictures on one link clearly shows there are no sight obstructions at this crossing. So I'm very curious to know where you received the information to make such statements. As for your accusations towards the reporter.....you need to take that up with the Chicago Tribune as Ben clearly starts off this article that his information was according to their report. However, I do know that Metra and the NTSB are always on the scene right away to investigate. All the gates and lights have devices that tracking when they go on and off. Plus, the first car of every Metra train has an on board camera installed. Its recording the entire time. So even if the gate/ crossing light devices say they were working, the video can also confirm or deny that. (verify by Metra Police (312) 322-2800 or email Metra’s FOIA Officers FOIA@metrarr.com)
Kelly clarkson March 03, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I just want to say I knew Joe very well and he was a very hard working guy with huge heart. He was very kind and not a drinker on his bike. Accidents are just that accidents and Joe will so missed-a very kind soul!
Megan James March 03, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Ummm......a hand-drawn pdf picture on a website called "csx-sucks" who's last copyright date was 2003 and even admits it's last article posted was Feb 2005, all years before all the updates in Orland for "No Train Horn"....yeah....that's a reliable source......
Megan James March 03, 2012 at 03:34 PM
BP - Your comment about the NTSB not every showing up unless the media attention is there, is 100% false. The National Transportation Safety Board is a government entitiy required by law to show up with or without media attention and investigate all transportation accidents (http://www.ntsb.gov/about/history.html). Also, having been a passenger on other Metra accidents, I personally can verify that when an accident happens, the local police, Metra Police and NTSB interview all witnesses on the scene. Both times, my train was not allowed to leave until after all completed their witness interviews. I do admit there probably weren't many witnesses at this time, but if there were, they surely would have been interviewed. And as others have already mentioned, you keep posting websites that really aren't reliable or doing anything to help prove your point. But good luck...you seem to have some sort of vendetta against the railroad system. May I suggest you bring your solutions to Springfield or DC to help improve the situation, instead of just posting on here.
Jim Smith March 03, 2012 at 06:10 PM
It's going to be a LOT worse when we get high speed rail.
Carrie Frillman March 03, 2012 at 06:20 PM
I'm so sorry for your loss, Kelly.
Susan O'B March 03, 2012 at 07:11 PM
There is no way that train was going 60 mph. It couldn't have been going over 30 mph. I ride Metra every day for 20 years and I don't think it ever reaches anywhere near 60 mph. I don't think it ever goes over 40 along that whole Southwest route. Meaning the gates and warning lights would have given much more time than your math story problem indicates.
jjjjjj March 03, 2012 at 07:28 PM
great comment.
Susan O'B March 03, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Here here! Yes, a little compassion for the lives that were affected.
Ben Feldheim (Editor) March 03, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Kelly, thank you for sharing this about Joe. I'm sorry for your loss.
Ang March 03, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Joe was a close friend of mine and will be greatly missed. Family and friends are having to deal with a loss of a great father,friend and brother... We love you Joey D keep smiling down on us!
Deb Melchert March 04, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Ditto to jjjjj
Ben Feldheim (Editor) March 04, 2012 at 05:13 AM
BP, I've met a good number of people who have made these comments and I can assure you the ones I know don't work for the trains. I'm not sure where in your life you were wronged by the trains, or people who run them, but somehow I doubt this accident has anything to do with it. Having covered dozens of train accidents before, I agree with Susan O'B. Every time a story doesn't paint a negative picture of the trains, you criticize the reporting. And you have every right to do so, but know that the pattern is obvious, and I'm not responsible for whatever it is that leads you to react like this at every train accident story. Crossings might not be perfect. But you weren't there either when the accident happened, and you're making assumptions of your own. Given what time this crash happened, how fast it happened and the somewhat empty area this happened at, we might not ever know exactly what led to this.
taxpayer March 04, 2012 at 05:33 AM
BP, its apparent from your comments that you have an issue with the railroad. Maybe you have lost a family member also due to a train accident, or some other type of tragic accident. If this is the case, I am sorry. But really, your comments are off base and it sounds like you need to seek some sort of counseling. Also, please have a little respect for this person's family and friends. Go vent your anger somewhere else.
Joe F March 04, 2012 at 08:30 AM
I was a friend of the family, my mother has been a long time coworker of Joes. I think any disputes with railroads or grammar should be taken to another forum. This is not the place. This was a man. A human being who lost his life in a tragic accident. It would be appreciated if you would keep that in mind and take the petty rebuttals to a more appropriate place.
Ben Feldheim (Editor) March 04, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Joe, I'm sorry for your loss.
Tim Howe March 05, 2012 at 03:25 AM
A message from my dad: "I have known Joe for 25 years. We worked together at Yellow Freight on the docks. He was a good guy and a hard worker. I haven't seen him since I retired, and I'm sorry he didn't get the chance to do the same. My deepest sympathies to his family."
Wkdwar March 05, 2012 at 03:30 PM
I rode with Joe this passed summer and he was a cautious and careful bike rider. Rest in peace and to Joe' family, sorry for your great loss.
Marie March 05, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I have no comment on the "train" or "fault" or any other BS people want to speculate on. I have a FACT I want to share........Joe was a kind, warm and wonderful person. He always had a smile on his face. His laughter and personality made everyone else smile as well. Joe - you are loved and missed by everyone! God Bless.
Joseph Bonke March 05, 2012 at 05:03 PM
thanks marie the biker friends of joey d
Ben Feldheim (Editor) March 05, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Thank you and the others who've been gracious to share what they knew about him. I'm sorry for your loss.
taxpayer March 07, 2012 at 03:08 PM
You know BP, really your comment doesn't deserve a response. Whats my agenda?? I don't have one, I live day by day and making it better than the day before. You never know when your last day will be and life is too short to be ignorant and spiteful. Your agenda is to spew wrong information. Please, this family is hurting and doesn't need your ignorance right now. You know the saying "if you have nothing nice to say, don't say it at all"? I hope someday you find inner peace for whatever angers you. As for jumping off a cliff, WOW, thats sad that you wish death on anyone. I feel sorry for you. I hope this family can find peace and celebrate the life their loved one had. Their love and memories will carry them through this tough time.
Megan James March 07, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Taxpayer - The best thing anyone can do is to just click on "Flag as inappropriate" next to BP's comments. After so many hits by other patch readers, BP's posts are removed. Oak Forest's patch site is constantly removing BP's post because those readers keep hitting the "Flag as inappropriate" on his/her comments on their tragic train accident. :-)
Megan James March 08, 2012 at 07:21 PM
@Taxpayer - You are very welcome for the tip on flagging comments you're offended or upset by. Seems to be working and getting this post back to just being a place for Mr. DeMarco's friends and family to share their wonderful memories of him.


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