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A semi-tractor trailer drives on the Interstate. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Elwood Wants Bridge At Intersection Near Busy Truck Facility

A tiny town just south of Joliet has reached out to state regulators in an effort to make changes to an intersection that sees very heavy truck traffic, in order to keep cargo moving while avoiding a possible catastrophe.

07/09/2014

YouTube video shows a truck breaking a railroad crossing gate to avoid a collision with an Amtrak train in Elwood. (Credit: YouTube)

Elwood Warns Of Dangers From Heavy Truck Traffic

Officials in southwest suburban Elwood have released police dashboard camera video of a semi-trailer truck going through a railroad crossing gate, to illustrate the village’s point that trucks are creating dangerous conditions as it fights a lawsuit by an intermodal facility.

06/12/2014

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Historic Union Pacific Train Helping Warn Of Rail Dangers

A distinctive train from the past will be running for a second consecutive day in the Chicago area Wednesday, in a drive to make motorists and pedestrians more aware around railroad tracks and crossings.

06/11/2014

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Unconscious Man Found Near Metra Tracks, UP/North Line Trains Delayed

An unconscious man was taken to an Evanston hospital for surgery on a head wound after he was found laying near the Metra tracks in Glencoe, police said.

04/24/2014

A Metra railroad crossing (credit: CBS)

Group Stresses Railroad Safety After Deaths Rise In 2013

More people than ever have been killed or injured by trains in Illinois and elsewhere, and safety advocates said it’s largely because of people being distracted by using their smartphones and other mobile devices.

04/08/2014

A crane performing work on railroad signals in Westmont collapsed onto the Metra BNSF Railway tracks on Aug. 15, 2012, leading to major delays on the commuter line from downtown Chicago to Aurora. (Photo courtesy: David Douglas)

Trains Moving After Major Problems On Metra BNSF Line

Trains were stopped for four hours midday Wednesday when a crane erecting a new signal bridge above the BNSF Ry. tracks in Westmont toppled over, taking the bridge with it.

CBS Chicago–08/15/2012

Caitlin Lee, 15, killed herself in October 2011, when she ran away from the group home where she lived in Naperville, following a number of suicide threats. Her family believes the state should not have put her in a group home, but kept her at a different facility where she was doing well. (Family Photo)

Girl’s Suicide Raises Question About Home For Troubled Youth

A teenage girl who took her life on railroad tracks in Naperville last month was a resident of a home that is supposed to protect some of the state’s most vulnerable young people. CBS 2′s Dave Savini investigated allegations the home was out of control.

CBS 2–11/30/2011

A deer was trapped between two sets of doors at the Ogilvie Transportation Center after the deer wandered along a set of Metra tracks and into the downtown train station. (Photo courtesy Jackie Shirreffs)

Deer Takes A Stroll Through Ogilvie Train Station

A deer walked up the tracks at the Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago on Sunday and was safely corralled by animal welfare officials in between two sets of doors.

CBS 2–07/03/2011