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Metra train hits car on South Side

This is part aftermath train-car accident 8900 block South Throop Street Chicago Thursday.  |  Steve Metsch~Sun-Times Media

This is part of the aftermath of a train-car accident in the 8900 block of South Throop Street in Chicago on Thursday. | Steve Metsch~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 14, 2014 1:01PM



The driver of a 2007 Lexus survived with only minor injuries after being hit Thursday by a Metra train on Chicago’s South Side.

Police said the car was hit by a Rock Island Line train about 12:30 p.m. in the 8900 block of Throop Street.

Just a few seconds earlier, the collision could have proven fatal, an officer at the crossing said.

Metra spokeswoman Meg Reille echoed that sentiment, saying “anytime you are hit by a train and not hurt, you are lucky.”

The driver was taken to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The car is registered to couple in Addison, according to a spokesman for the secretary of state’s office. Neither police nor Reille could say whether the driver was a man or a woman.

Reille said the car was northbound, heading the wrong way on one-way Throop Street, when the commuter train struck it with a glancing blow, pushing the car into a pole that held warning lights and knocking the pole to the ground.

There is no gate on that side of the crossing because Throop is a one-way street heading south.

The train’s arrival at LaSalle Street Station downtown was delayed by 40 minutes she said.

Steve Metsch



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