Man hit by Metra train in Arlington Heights

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(ARLINGTON HEIGHTS) A man was accidentally struck by a Metra train Sunday night near the northwest suburban Arlington Heights station.

The man, 38, was on the tracks near the station about 9:45 p.m. when he was clipped by two outbound Union Pacific/Northwest line trains that had been linked together, police and Metra officials said. Train No. 275 was pushing train No. 273, which was having mechanical problems and couldn’t start.

When he was hit, the man was in a pedestrian crossing area that goes over the tracks, authorities said.

He was taken to Northwestern Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, and later transferred to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Arlington Heights police Sgt. Alan Baumgartner said.

His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, and police believe the incident was accidental, Baumgartner said.

The trains got moving about midnight with delays of more than two hours, Metra said.

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