Photos courtesy Village of Oak Park

Jessica G. Garcia, 21 and a Cicero resident, has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence, a felony, following a early morning car accident last Friday in which a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee sped through a guardrail at the end of Taylor Avenue in Oak Park and landed upside down on the CTA Blue Line train tracks after soaring over multiple freight train tracks.

The driver, who had a blood alcohol content of .188, has also been charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence, driving without a valid driver’s license, driving an uninsured motor vehicle, and failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash.

Garcia was found outside the vehicle and conscious following the crash, which occurred at 3:18 a.m. and caused a two-hour suspension of service on the Blue Line. She was treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital.

Oak Park police said last week that the accident appeared to have occurred when the driver of the Jeep continued north on Taylor and failed to stop when the road came to a T with Garfield Street. The car jumped the curb, crashed through the guard rail, and came to a landing upside down on the Blue Line tracks.  

A media representative for the CTA said that power was removed from a portion of the tracks shortly after 3:19 a.m., when the CTA learned of the accident. For the next two hours, service was suspended on the eastbound track and both inbound and outbound trains operated on the westbound track. The CTA also ran a shuttle bus between the Pulaski and Forest Park Blue Line stops. The vehicle was removed from the tracks at 5 a.m. and full service was restored by 5:16 a.m.

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