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Metra Train Collides With Vehicle, Killing Driver

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A Metra railroad crossing (credit: CBS)

A Metra railroad crossing (credit: CBS)

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LAGRANGE, Ill. (STMW) — A Metra train struck a vehicle Friday night in west suburban LaGrange, killing the driver and halting train service on the BNSF Railway line.

BNSF Railway equipment train No. 1282 struck a vehicle near the LaGrange Stone Avenue station about 5:45 p.m., according to Metra’s website.

Metra confirmed to CBS 2 the driver of the vehicle died.

The inbound train was not carrying any passengers and was headed to Chicago, where it would turn around for a scheduled outbound run, Metra spokesman Tom Miller. No injuries were reported to Metra personnel on the train.

Service was disrupted but continued later on a delayed basis, Metra told CBS 2. It wasn’t known if the accident was weather-related.

 (Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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