Nearly one year ago, blustering snow in the middle of March changed one Carol Stream’ woman’s life forever due to injuries sustained when she and the woman she was traveling with collided with a train while crossing railroad tracks in unincorporated Bloomingdale.
Hanifa Ajmeri and family are now in the process of suing Illinois Central Railroad Co. for compensatory damages in connection with the collision.
Ajmeri, then 42, was critically injured March 9, 1998, when the 1985 Chevrolet Nova driven by her friend collided with a freight train as the car crossed the Illinois Central Railroad crossing located on Schmale Road, just south of Army Trail Road near Stratford Square Mall in unincorporated Bloomingdale.
According to reports from the DuPage County Sheriff’s office, witnesses stated at the scene that the rail crossing gate had been broken off by a previous motorist, and the signals were obscured due to blowing snow when the car Ajmeri was riding in approached the rail crossing.
As the car made its way through the crossing, the vehicle struck the left side of the freight train, throwing both women from the vehicle. Both were taken to Glen Oaks Hospital in Glendale Heights before being airlifted to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where both underwent treatment.
she has gone through six operations for numerous injuries including pelvic fractures; a closed head fracture; femoral head fracture; splenic laceration; bladder rupture; left hip dislocation; pubic fracture; acetabular fracture; transverse process fractures and other internal injuries.
Ajmeri was released from the hospital on April 8. Currently, she attends physical therapy sessions several times a weekand requires the use of a wheelchair or cane due to the leg injuries. The family filed a lawsuit against the Illinois Central Railroad Co. March 25 and appeared in court on January 26, 1999.
A trail date has been set for February 14, 2000. the family is not asking for a designated amount of money, rather he said, the family will allow the jury to decide a fair amount.
“Ajmeri has incurred over $420,000 in medical bills and will live with her disabilities for the remainder of her life.”
Both parties have tried to settle the matter out of court with legal link building, but without success. Representatives for Illinois Central were not reached for comment as of the press time.