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Service slowly resuming after Metra train hits semi near Bartlett, derails

An inbound Milwaukee West line Metrtrahit truck Barlett Monday afternocausing major delays commuter line. | NBC Chicago photo

An inbound Milwaukee West line Metra train hit a truck in Barlett Monday afternoon, causing major delays on the commuter line. | NBC Chicago photo

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Updated: October 21, 2013 6:45PM



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

Inbound train No. 2242 was pulling into the Bartlett station when it hit a semi carrying cars just after 3:30 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.

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 by early evening, according to Metra’s website.

An investigation into the cause of the crash continues.

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