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Train hits abandoned snowmobile

Published: Saturday, March 2, 2013 3:32 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, March 2, 2013 3:44 p.m. CDT

WOODSTOCK – A train struck an unoccupied snowmobile causing delays on local Metra lines, a spokeswoman said.

The snowmobile was abandoned on the tracks outside Woodstock. There were no injuries in the incident that happened just before 2 p.m., said Meg Reile, a Metra Spokeswoman. The train the was set to arrive in Woodstock at 1:48 p.m. today.

"The snowmobile was not occupied. If it had been we'd likely still be out there," Reile said.

The train, No. 715 inbound, was 55 minutes delayed, and a outbound train, set to arrive in Harvard at 2:20 p.m. was 30 minutes behind schedule.

Future trains could be delayed as a result, but Reile said at this time all appeared to be back on schedule.

– Chelsea McDougall

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