Metra officials said the driver of a semi-truck that was struck by a train Tuesday morning in suburban Bartlett was cited with two violations Wednesday. It happened shortly after 3:30 p.m. in suburban Bartlett at the Western Avenue crossing. Train #2242 struck the semi-truck, which was carrying a load of new cars, and dragged it around 100 feet east on the Milwaukee District/West line. Two passengers on the train suffered minor injuries in the crash, which occurred near the Bartlett station.
The truck driver was not injured in the crash but received two minor traffic citations for allegedly ignoring a no left-turn sign at Oak and Bartlett and violating a high-grade crossing area by having the back end of his vehicle on the tracks at the time of the crash, according to Metra officials.
The Western Avenue crossing is not considered high risk or high volume, but investigators believe the truck driver became confused trying to navigate Bartlett’s small streets where large trucks are not allowed.