Rose Tani's Car Struck By Train In IL
Aero-News is saddened to
report the mother of NASA Flight Engineer Daniel Tani
(shown at right), one of three members of Expedition 16 now onboard
the International Space Station, was killed Wednesday when she
drove her car through a Lombard, IL railroad crossing and was
struck by a train.
Police say Rose Tani, 90, stopped behind a school bus that had
stopped at the crossing. A preliminary investigation indicates Tani
became impatient and honked her horn, before driving past the
school bus and around a lowered crossing gate. The train impacted
the right side of Tani's vehicle, pushing it down the tracks before
coming to a stop.
Paramedics took Tani to a nearby hospital, where she was
"All indications are that the crossing gates and warning signals
were functioning properly at the time of the accident," Lombard
Police Chief Raymond Byrne told The Associated Press.
According to his NASA biography, Daniel Tani, 46, was born in
Pennsylvania "but considers Lombard, Illinois, to be his hometown."
Tani is a graduate of Glenbard East High School, the same school as
the students who were on the bus at the railroad crossing.
As ANN reported, Tani and
Expedition 16 Commander Peggy Whitson completed the 100th spacewalk
onboard the International Space Station on Tuesday. The astronauts
examined two troublesome mechanisms related to power generation
onboard the orbiting station during the nearly seven-hour
Tani rode into orbit onboard the shuttle Discovery October 23.
He is due to return to Earth onboard STS-122, the mission scheduled
for the shuttle Atlantis. Tani was originally scheduled to leave
the station January 8, though the launch of Atlantis has since been
delayed until January 10 at the earliest due to glitches with fuel
level sensors inside the orbiter's external fuel tanks.
NASA officials had not commented on the accident as of Wednesday