"The Crossing"
Season 7, Episode 15
Air date February 22, 2001
Written by Jack Orman
Directed by Jonathan Kaplan
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"The Crossing" is the fifteenth episode of the seventh season of ER. It is the 150th episode of the series overall. It first aired on NBC on February 22, 2001. It was written by Jack Orman and directed by Jonathan Kaplan. John Carter, Luka Kovač and the pregnant Elizabeth Corday go to the scene of a passenger train wreck and Luka confronts the demons of his past.


Carter, Luka and Corday go to the scene of a passenger train wreck. When Corday develops early contractions at the scene, Carter is forced to perform a tricky double amputation on a pinned firefighter with Benton's guidance via radio and cell phone. Weaver discovers the cause of the train wreck.

Luka wrestles with his faith and makes a confession to the dying Bishop Stewart about the death of his family during the Croatian War of Independence.

NBC Description

DEADLY TRAIN CRASH PUTS DOCTORS AT RISK IN THE FIELD DURING 'ER'S' 150TH EPISODE: In the classic drama's 150th episode, a multi-car train accident scrambles the ER and Drs. Kovac (Goran Visnjic), Carter (Noah Wyle) and Corday (Alex Kingston) are overwhelmed by the carnage at the site as they work to save an impaled mother, her young son and a trapped firefighter until the pregnant Corday begins to suffer painful contractions.

Back at County, Dr. Benton (Eriq La Salle) tries to salvage a victim with a shredded aorta and even helps Carter with a tricky amputation over the phone, all of which leaves an observing med school applicant wide-eyed.

Meanwhile, the bloody mayhem prompts Kovac to recall the harrowing loss of his own family and he confronts his torment with the terminally ill Bishop Stewart (Oscar-nominated guest star James Cromwell, "Babe").

Anthony Edwards, Laura Innes, Maura Tierney, Paul McCrane, Michael Michele, Erik Palladino and Ming-Na also star.


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  • The episode won an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series" and was nominated for "Outstanding Single Camera Sound Mixing for a Series."
  • The scenes with the derailed train were shot on location in Fillmore, California. The Chicago skyline was added in via green screen.


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