The 11-year-old boy injured when struck by a train in Barrington Friday was doing much better Monday, Barrington Unit District 220 officials said.
Dominic Szymanski, a fifth-grader at Hough Street Elementary School in Barrington, remains in stable condition while awaiting additional surgeries and medical procedures scheduled for later in the week, district spokesman Jeff Arnett said. Dominic is in good spirits according to his family, and beginning to receive cards and well wishes from his classmates, Arnett said.
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Though Dominic is expected to remain in the hospital for several more days, he hopes to return to school as soon as possible, Arnett said.
Dominic was hit by a Metra train just after 6 p.m. Friday as he crossed the tracks at Route 59 north of Lake-Cook Road, authorities said.
After waiting for one train to pass, Dominic accidentally stepped in front of another train coming from the opposite direction. Friends he was walking with stayed at his side until paramedics arrived. Officials said the boy lost a foot in the accident and suffered injuries to his other foot, as well as scrapes and bruises elsewhere.
According to Hough Street School's Facebook page, letters and cards can be sent to Dominic in care of Hough Street School, 310 S. Hough St., Barrington IL 60010.