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Dominic Szymanski (District 220)

Dominic Szymanski (District 220)

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BARRINGTON, Ill. (STMW) — Dominic Szymanski, the fifth-grade boy who was hit by a train in downtown northwest suburban Barrington on March 15, was able to return home from the hospital earlier this week.

Dominic, who lost a foot in the accident, had been at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge since the accident.

“We understand his recovery is going so well that he got to go home early,” said Jeff Arnett, Chief Communications Officer for the Barrington 220 School District.

Arnett said Dominic would likely receive at-home tutoring while he continues to recover. There is no projected date yet of when he will return to classes at Hough Elementary School.

Dominic was injured while crossing the rail tracks of the Union Pacific Northwest line at Hough Street, just north of Lake-Cook Road, when he was struck by a southbound train en route to the Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago. Dominic was believed to be on his way to or from the Celtic Festival at Cook Street Plaza at the time of the accident.

According to Arnett, Barrington police reported that he’d waited for another train to pass but his view of a train coming from the other direction was obscured.

Several witnesses rushed to provide first aid until paramedics arrived.

Hough School principal Lori Wilcox said last month that classmates are glad Dominic is OK and they can’t wait to see him back at school.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2013. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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