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Article updated: 3/16/2013 4:36 PM

Boy survives being struck by train in Barrington

By Steve Zalusky

An 11-year-old boy was hospitalized after being struck by a Metra train Friday evening in Barrington.

According to a release from Barrington police, police and fire personnel responded to the scene at 6:09 p.m.

Police said a preliminary investigation indicated that the boy was crossing the tracks at Route 59 north of Lake-Cook Road when he was struck by an eastbound commuter train.

Police officers and a witness administered first aid until paramedics arrived. The boy was transported to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

In a statement on the Barrington Unit District 220 website, Superintendent Tom Leonard confirmed the boy is a student at Hough Street Elementary School and stressed that the incident was a "heartbreaking accident." Leonard's statement also indicated the boy is in critical condition.

"The student's family and younger siblings will be in our continual thoughts and prayers throughout the weekend," Leonard wrote. "When everyone returns to school Monday, the close-knit Hough community will provide care and be cared for during this difficult time.

Barrington police are investigating.

Metra spokesman Tom Miller said trains were delayed as much as an hour and a half.

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