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One man hurt as Metra train strikes van in Robbins

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Updated: February 16, 2014 6:25AM



The driver of a van was hospitalized in critical condition after he went around railroad crossing gates and was struck by a Metra train Tuesday morning in Robbins, authorities said.

Outbound Rock Island Line train No. 509 hit the van about 11:10 a.m. at the 139th Street crossing near the Robbins station, according to Metra, which said the man apparently drove around the gates.

The driver of the van, believed to be in his mid-40s, was extricated from the van and taken to MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island, where he was listed in critical condition, according to the Robbins Fire Department. It reported that no passengers or crew on the train were injured.

The train was stopped for about 75 minutes while the van was removed from the tracks, and at least three other trains on the line were delayed, Metra said.

Robbins police could not be reached for comment.

Contributing: Sun-Times Media Wire, Casey Toner



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