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Barrington boy, 11, expected to recover after being hit by Metra train

An 11-year-old boy struck by a Metra train in Barrington on Friday will recover, officials said Saturday.

“Few people survive a train accident,” said Jeff Arnett, a spokesman for Barrington 220 School District. “He is extremely fortunate, and the family is grateful for the outpouring of support.”

Dominic Szymanski, a fifth-grader at The Hough School in Barrington, will need several operations, but his condition has “stabilized,” Arnett said.

He is being treated at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

Dominic was struck by an inbound Metra Union Pacific Northwest Line train just after 6 p.m. Friday as he crossed the tracks on Hough Street/Illinois Route 59 just north of Lake-Cook Road in downtown Barrington, Metra spokesman Tom Miller said.

Several people saw the accident and rushed to provide first aid until paramedics arrived.

In an interview Saturday, Anna Shilov said her husband grabbed towels from the hair salon where he works just across from the Barrington train station and tended to the boy after a passerby asked for help.

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