Driver Killed, Metra Train Partially Derails After Striking Vehicle Near Grayslake

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A Metra train partially derailed during the morning rush hour Monday after striking a vehicle near Grayslake, and the driver of the gravel truck was killed in the collision, the rail agency said.

Metra said one passenger was also taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Inbound and outbound train movement was halted just after 7 a.m. when a Metra commuter train slammed into a gravel truck on a private railroad crossing, according to Metra officials.

The collision disrupted traffic on the Milwaukee District North Line, and Metra officials were forced to urge riders to find alternate forms of transportation between Grayslake and Fox Lake.

Metra said a single track is now operating in the area and no service was being provided north of Grayslake.

The investigation is still in its infancy, but officials say that the gravel truck was not carrying a load when the collision occurred.

Further details were not immediately available.

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