Boy hit by train in Chicago area loses foot

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

An 11-year-old suburban Chicago boy who was hit by a Metra commuter train lost a foot but is "in good spirits."

A Barrington Unit District 220 official posted a message on the district's Facebook page saying the boy, who is in fifth grade, is no longer in critical condition. They say he faces a long recovery.

In a statement, Barrington police say the boy was crossing the tracks near Route 59 Friday evening when he was struck by the train.

They say police officers and a witness administered first aid until paramedics arrived.

The boy, whose name has not been released, was transported to a local hospital.

Tom Leonard is superintendent of Barrington Unit District 220. In a statement, he called the incident "a heartbreaking accident."

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