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Two Injured When Pickup Hit By Train In Itasca

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Two people were injured when a train hit this pickup truck in northwest suburban Itasca on July 3, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

Two people were injured when a train hit this pickup truck in northwest suburban Itasca on July 3, 2011. (Credit: CBS)

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ITASCA, Ill. (CBS) – Two people were injured overnight when a train hit a pickup truck in northwest suburban Itasca.

At 2:53 a.m. Sunday, the Itasca Fire Protection District reported to an accident at the railroad crossing on Rohlwing Road north of Irving Park Road, according to Itasca Deputy Fire Chief John Radzinski.

A pickup truck had been hit by a train at that crossing and two people in the car were injured, Radzinski said.

A female passenger in the truck had to be extricated from the vehicle and she was flown to an area hospital by a Lifestar medevac helicopter, according to Radzinski.

The driver was taken by ambulance to Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village.

Neither victim’s condition was immediately available, but Radzinski said it was likely that the female passenger was critically injured, given that she was flown to a hospital by medical helicopter.

The accident was under investigation Sunday morning. It was not immediately known whether the vehicle went around crossing gates, or if the gates were malfunctioning.

Radzinski said it appeared the car had been struck by two locomotives.

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