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posted: 3/17/2013 11:26 AM

Barrington boy struck by train upgraded to stable condition

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An 11-year-old Barrington boy struck by a train Friday as he attempted to walk across tracks in the village's downtown has been upgraded to stable condition as he prepares for additional surgeries to repair his injuries, school officials reported Sunday.

Dominic Szymanski, a fifth-grader at Hough Street Elementary School, 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, according to authorities.

After waiting for one train to pass, Dominic accidentally stepped in front of another train coming from the opposite direction, school officials said. Friends he was walking with stayed at his side until paramedics arrived, Arnett said.

Officials said the boy lost a foot in the accident and suffered injuries to his other foot, as well as scrapes and bruises elsewhere.

Barrington Unit District 220 spokesman Jeffrey Arnett said Dominic was in "good spirits" Saturday despite his injuries. His plight prompted overwhelming support from community members at Hough Street Elementary School, Arnett added.

According to the school's Facebook page, letters and cards can be sent to Dominic care of Hough Street School, 310 S. Hough Street, Barrington, IL 60010.

The boy was being treated at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

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