Amtrak train strikes vehicle in Morton Grove; injures 1

The vehicle attempted to drive around the crossing gates about 6:45 a.m. on Lincoln Avenue when it was struck by the train behind its rear wheels.

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Metra ridership is slowly increasing after a major decline due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Metra Milwaukee District-North trains were stopped Oct. 29, 2019, after an Amtrak train struck a vehicle near suburban Morton Grove.

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An Amtrak train struck a vehicle Tuesday morning in north suburban Morton Grove, injuring a passenger in the vehicle and delaying Metra trains on the Milwaukee District North line.

The vehicle attempted to drive around the crossing gates about 6:45 a.m. on Lincoln Avenue when it was struck by the train behind its rear wheels, according to Morton Grove fire department chief Frank Rodgers.

Paramedics transported a rear seat passenger of the vehicle to Glenbook Hospital in Glenview with minor injuries, Rodgers said. The driver of the vehicle refused medical attention. Both occupants were adult males.

A Metra spokesman confirmed that an Amtrak train had hit a vehicle at that location, and said that inbound and outbound Metra trains were halted until 7:30 a.m.

The spokesperson said trains were running with 15 to 20 minute delays.

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