Thursday, May 23, 2013

Semi-Trailer Gets Clipped By Cn Freight Train On Northwest Highway In Barrington

Barrington police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 6:00 PM Thursday to a train vs truck crash on the Canadian National railroad, just west Northwest Highway and North Avenue, Barrington, IL. Apparently a westbound semi-trailer truck became stuck in traffic and didn't clear the track. The rear end of the trailer was hit and dragged in the direction of the southbound freight train. The cab or tractor of the truck was pushed into at least three vehicles that were also stuck in westbound traffic. Possibly two people in those vehicles were injured. Crews in rescue ambulances from Palatine-Rural Fire Protection District and Rolling Meadows Fire Department assisted Barrington firefighter/paramedics.

The crash caused major traffic problems for the evening rush hour. Northwest Highway was blocked in both directions between Lake Cook Road and Route 59. Westbound Lake Cook Road was backed up at least to Ela Road.

The freight train also blocked Lake Zurich Road and Cuba Road. The tail end of the train was just north of Cuba Road. The locomotives were stopped about 150 yards southwest of the crash site.

The semi-trailer was transporting items, but there were no hazardous materials reported.

An Accident Investigation Team was investigating the crash site past 8:30 p.m. Cook County Sheriff was also on the scene. Barrington Hills police assisted with traffic.

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