Three adults who were inside a car that was struck by an outbound North Central Service Metra train in Des Plaines tonight have been hospitalized, including one who was seriously hurt, officials said. It was the second crash of the day for that train line and snarled service for hours.
A third incident happened in Glen Ellyn earlier, when a Union Pacific West Line train hit a pedestrian near the station, authorities said.
Outbound Train No. 115 hit the occupied car near Touhy Avenue and Mannheim Road in Des Plaines at 6:10 p.m., said Metra spokesman Michael Gillis.
The driver of the car mistakenly turned onto the northbound Canadian National Rail Line from eastbound Touhy Avenue, an emailed police statement said.
The car was traveling north on the tracks, and its driver was trying to get off the tracks when it was hit by the train that was also northbound, the statement said.
All three occupants of the demolished car had to be extricated, said Des Plaines Fire Chief Alan Wax.
When firefighters got to the scene they found the rear of the car had been hit by the train, causing the car to be pushed off the tracks about 100 feet north of Touhy Avenue, said Wax.
"The car came to rest up against a tree that was located between the tracks and Mannheim Road," Wax said.
Three adults were in the car. One person who was seriously hurt and one who suffered minor injuries were taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge while the third person who also suffered minor injuries was taken to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, Wax said.
"The car was definitely on the tracks. How and when it got there we don't have that,'' Wax said.
That crossing has gates and warning bells, but Wax did not know if the car went around them.
The road was opened back up about 7:30 p.m., Wax said.
Police said all three suffered non life-threatening injuries and said the driver was cited for violations and released, the statement said.
Train 115, originally scheduled to arrive at Union Station at 5:31 p.m., was on the move again about 7:15 p.m., but was running about 80 minutes late, Gillis said.
Earlier, another incident caused problems including delays on the same train line, Gillis said.
Outbound North Central Service Train No. 116 left Antioch at 3 p.m. and was due downtown at 4:35 p.m. but at about 3:40 p.m. hit a pedestrian at Halfday Road, Gillis said.
A spokeswoman for the Lake County Sheriff's Office said it appeared the pedestrian was attempting suicide. The pedestrian, who is a juvenile, was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, spokeswoman Sgt. Sara Balmes said in an email.
Both incidents caused delays and a cancellation or two on that line that continue into Friday evening, Gillis said.
An unrelated third crash occurred involving the Union Pacific West Line near the west suburban Glen Ellyn stop.
It happened about 2 p.m. when an inbound Union Pacific West Line train was nearing the Glen Ellyn station, according to Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile. The condition of the person hit, a pedestrian, was not immediately known, according to Reile.
A person riding the train reported seeing the victim being put into an ambulance.
Metra's website indicated that train was scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 2:50 p.m. but was running 60-70 minutes late.
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