Metra: 2 dead, 4 others hurt in train-car crash in Chicago

Car involved in the crash with a Metra train in Chicago

One person has been killed and four others injured after a Metra train struck a vehicle Monday afternoon near the Chicago border with southwest suburban Hometown.

The Hometown Fire Protection District was the first to respond to the crash scene. One of the injured people later died. Hojek said the vehicle was pinned against a large traffic control box near an auto wash at the southwest side of the intersection. Another person, whose age and gender were not known Monday evening, was also killed, Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said Monday evening. Gillis says a 20-year-old male was in serious condition.

The 17-year-old male driving the vehicle received minor injuries. The train remains stopped as of 1:55 p.m. She was pronounced dead at 2:48 p.m., according to the medical examiner's office. Police say weather played a role in the crash, and warn that streets are slick due to icy conditions.

No passengers on the train were injured, officials said.

According to Hometown police and fire officials, the commuter train struck a Chevy Impala carrying six young people at 87th Street and Pulaski Road in Hometown shortly after 1 p.m. The women were sitting in the front and back passenger seats when the train slammed into the passenger side of the auto.

Gillis said normal service is expected on the line Tuesday morning.

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