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Train strikes car in Hegewisch, critically injuring one

One person was critically hurt early Sunday when a car drove around the lowered gates of a train crossing in the Far South Side Hegewisch neighborhood and was struck by a freight train.

The crash happened about 2 a.m. near East 130th Street and South Torrence Avenue, Fire Media Affairs said.

The car drove around the lowered gates at the crossing, which is also equipped with flashing lights, and struck a locomotive on a westbound Norfolk Southern train, Norfolk Southern spokesman Robin Chapman said. The train consisted of three locomotives and 48 intermodal cars (trailers or containers on flatcars), Chapman said. The freight train involved was running on the Norfolk Southern tracks and the track speed at that location is 20 mph, according to Chapman.

One person was critically injured and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, according to Fire Media Affairs. Unconfirmed dispatch reports indicated the man hurt was the driving the vehicle.

No one on the train was injured, Chapman said. In addition to the train involved, two other trains were delayed through the area, one for an hour and 45 minutes, the other for an hour and 15 minutes, he said.

Chicago police had no information on the incident.

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