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Metra Train Hits Honda Passenger Car at Plum Grove Rd, Palatine — Minor Injuries Reported

Wed January 06 2016 10:02 pm
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Car vs Metra train crash with no injuries reported immediately after the crash on Palatine Road, just east of Plum Grove Road, Palatine

Palatine police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 3:28 PM Wednesday to a report of a crash involving a car and a Metra train at the Metra UP Northwest Line and Plum Grove Road, Palatine, Il. Police and firefighter/paramedics on the scene at 3:31 p.m. discovered a Honda Civic with minor rear end damage spun around on the south side of the Union Pacific Northwest Line tracks at Plum Grove Road.

The female motorist received minor injuries, was treated at the scene and refused transportation to the hospital.

Palatine Road and Plum Grove Road were blocked during investigation and cleanup at the crash scene. Brockway Street was not blocked. Firefighters also worked to confirm that train traffic was halted in the area.

Even after a slow acceleration from the train station about feet away, the train required about 430 feet to stop after hitting the car.

The point of impact was about 1,300 feet away from the Palatine train station. The accident is under investigation by the Palatine Police Department.

A total of 18 firefighters, staffing two engine companies, two ladder companies, one rescue squad, and two ambulances responded to the scene along with three command officers. An engine from the Rolling Meadows Fire Department was among the responding companies as part of an automatic aid agreement. The Palatine Police Department aided with traffic and crowd control. Representatives from the Metra Police Department, Metra, and Union Pacific Railroad were also assisting on the scene.

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