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Metra train engineer hit by rock

(The Chicago Daily Southtown posted the following article on its website on March 5.)

CHICAGO -- A rock flew through a running Metra train window, shattering glass and injuring its engineer Sunday afternoon.

Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile said it appears someone threw a rock at the northbound train just before the 87th Street station, shattering a window directly near the train’s engineer about 11:40 a.m.

When police arrived, they were unable to find anyone who might have been the suspected rock thrower, Reile said.

The incident occurred on Metra’s Electric Line -- which was running northbound on the Southeast Side from 93rd Street the Millennium Park Station -- and delayed the train for about an hour, Reile said.

The train was held up as a new engineer was located to operate it, while the original engineer was taken to an area hospital in an unknown condition. His injuries were believed to be non-life-threatening, Reile said.

The train was only a couple minutes away from its second stop when the incident happened. The train began running again at 12:40 p.m.

The delay caused the returning southbound train to be delayed as well, Reile said.

A South Chicago District police officer did not have any information on the incident as of 1 p.m.

Monday, March 5, 2007

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