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1 killed, 1 missing after collision with Metra train in Joliet

Crews were searching for someone believed to be knocked into the creek and carried away.

The person was hit by an inbound Milwaukee District-West train about 10:15 a.m. between Big Timber Road and the Elgin Station.
Rock Island District train No. 419 hit at least one of the four people on the bridge.
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Authorities were searching along a creek in Joliet for a possible second person struck by a train Wednesday in the southwest suburbs.

One boy was pronounced dead at 8:14 p.m. after they were hit by a Metra Rock Island District train on a bridge over Hickory Creek near Lincoln Highway, the Will County coroner’s office said.

He was identified as Jacob A. Manka of southwest suburban Mokena, the coroner’s office said. A preliminary autopsy found he died from being struck by a train.

Four people were on the bridge just after 7 p.m. when the westbound No. 419 train fatally struck at least one of them, Metra spokesman Tom Miller said.

Two of the four were uninjured, Miller said. Crews were searching for a fourth person person believed to be knocked into the creek and carried away.

Some of the party were juveniles, a Metra spokesperson said.

Metra police are investigating the death.

Earlier in the day, a person was hit and killed by a Rock Island District train in Tinley Park.