Rock Island Metra train hits vehicle near Midlothian, delaying morning commute – Chicago Tribune

A Chicago-bound Rock Island Metra train collided with a vehicle near Midlothian on Tuesday, causing major delays, Metra said.

According to Metra, Rock Island Metra train #400, scheduled to arrive at the LaSalle Street station at 5:32 a.m., struck a vehicle that had stopped incoming and outgoing trains near Midlothian.

One person in the car was injured and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said. According to him, the passengers and crew of the train were not injured.

Passengers on the 4:20 a.m. train to Joliet were able to board train #402, which arrived at 6:25 a.m. in Chicago. According to Metra, inbound and outbound trains were running up to 20 minutes behind schedule after the accident.

But Metra train #302, which was scheduled to depart from 80th Avenue at Tinley Park at 7:01 a.m., was out of service due to the accident, so passengers boarded another train, Metra said.

As of 7:10 a.m., Metra Rock Island inbound and outbound services were restored, although minimal delays were expected near Midlothian due to the ongoing investigation, according to Metra.

Midlothian police said Metra police were the lead investigator and referred all questions to Metra.

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