Metra trains arriving from Chicago experienced significant delays Friday evening after an 11-year-old Barrington child was struck by a train.
Barrington Police and firefighters responded to the scene at 6:09 p.m. at Route 59 north of Lake Cook Road when the boy was struck by a southeast bound commuter train. Police officers and a witness administered first aid until paramedics arrived. He was transported to Lutheran General Hospital.
Barrington School officials said the boy survived but was in critical condition.. The investigation is being conducted by the Barrington police department.
Metra trains were stopped in both directions causing delays of more than an hour on the Northwest line between Chicago and Harvard.
Barrington School District 220 Superintendent Tom Leonard released a statement Friday evening confirming that the boy was a student at Hough Elementary School and that the incident was a tragic accident.
"The student's family and younger siblings will be in our continual thoughts and prayers throughout the weekend. When everyone returns to school Monday, the close-knit Hough community will provide care and be cared for during this difficult time," Leonard said.