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Chicago commuter train collides with car

A Chicago commuter train crashed into a car, injuring three people.  

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) -- A commuter train collided with a car in northwest Chicago on Wednesday, injuring three people, a spokeswoman for the Chicago Transit Authority said.

Two men, ages 26 and 28, who were riding in the car, were reported in good condition with bumps and bruises at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, said hospital spokeswoman Emily Peterson. The men were believed to have escaped from the car before the collision.

A 54-year-old man, a passenger on the westbound train, was in good condition at Swedish Covenant Hospital, said hospital spokeswoman Noreen Zaid.

Anne McCarthy, a CTA spokeswoman, said the six-car, Brown Line train was crossing Rockwell Street, pulling into the Rockwell station, about 11:20 a.m. (12:20 p.m. EST) when it collided with the car. The car was crossing the track after passing through the lowered gates, she said.

A witness said the car appeared to be unable to stop. The driver of the car climbed out of the passenger-side window, the woman said.

Electrical power was shut off on the line between Rockwell Street and Kimball Avenue, the end of the line, and a shuttle bus was in place, McCarthy said.

The train, one of the city's seven commuter rail lines, runs between Kimball and Western Avenue downtown.




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