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2 hurt when Metra train, semi collide in Bartlett

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Service is slowly resuming on Metra's Milwaukee District West Line following a crash between a passenger train and a semi truck that injured two people near northwest suburban Bartlett Monday afternoon.

Inbound train No. 2242 was pulling into the Bartlett station when it hit a semi carrying cars at 3:38 p.m., Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile said.

Wreckage from the semi and the cars was blocking both tracks, Reile said. The front car of the Metra train was also damaged and derailed in the crash.

Two people -- both passengers on the Metra train -- were taken to St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates with minor injuries, Bartlett police Cmdr. Michael McGuigan said. The driver of the semi was not hurt, he said.

"The timing of this accident was fortunate," McGuigan said. "There weren't very many people on the train, because it was an inbound train, Elgin and then us the next stop, so not many people were on the train to begin with, and no other trains were dropping people off and going to their cars."

According to Metra, there were only about 20 passengers on the train.

Amazingly, the driver of the semi-truck was not injured at all, but the trailer he was pulling, and the cars that were on it, were demolished. Some became projectiles.

"Two of the cars on the car carrier itself, got launched off of the car carrier, and then struck vehicles parked in the south side metro lot near the tracks," said McGuigan.

Police say this intersection has not been a problem for accidents in the past.

A local businessman who saw the truck driving through town suspects the driver just got lost and maybe got stuck on the tracks by traffic.

"You really got to watch you don't have much space to work with to get across the tracks," said John Rainford. "And traffic backs up here in the afternoon probably 6-7 cars each way trying to make it across the tracks, and everybody's trying to be as careful as possible."

Trains were initially halted at Roselle, but are now cleared to pass through the area at walking speed, according to the rail agency.

"Riders should still expect delays, but we are starting to be able to get to their final destinations," Reile said.

Trains in both directions will share a single crash as cleanup continues, Reile said.

Some trains are delayed up to an hour as of 6 p.m., Metra's website said.

Metra says there was a crossing gate here and lights, and there's no indication that either was not working properly. They will be talking with the driver of the truck to try to figure out what happened and why.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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