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Metra service resumes after derailment

Police officials inspect the damage of a semi-truck carrying a load of concrete on Friday in Mount Prospect after it collided with at Metra Union Pacific train 636 at about 8:40 a.m. The train, which left from Mount Prospect station struck the semi-truck that was attempting to turn left on to Mt. Prospect Road. The collision resulted in the derailment of the train and a fire burst that charred a few of the commuter cars. The driver of the truck was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police officials inspect the damage of a semi-truck carrying a load of concrete on Friday in Mount Prospect after it collided with at Metra Union Pacific train 636 at about 8:40 a.m. The train, which left from Mount Prospect station struck the semi-truck that was attempting to turn left on to Mt. Prospect Road. The collision resulted in the derailment of the train and a fire burst that charred a few of the commuter cars. The driver of the truck was pronounced dead at the scene.

MOUNT PROSPECT – A Metra train from Harvard heading into Chicago collided with a semitrailer, killing the truck's driver and causing a minor derailment.

Metra officials said the train's passengers were evacuated after the collision in Mount Prospect shortly after 8:30 a.m. Friday. The collision also started a fire under one of the cars, but all of the train's cars remained upright.

The truck's driver was killed, Mount Prospect Police said. None of the passengers were seriously injured, but 14 were taken area hospitals.

The train's engineer also was taken to the hospital, but not seriously injured, Metra spokesperson Michael Gillis.

Service on the Union Pacific Northwest Line has since resumed, but trains are traveling slowly past the scene of the morning collision, Gillis said.

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