Metra train strikes truck in Fox River Grove

Published: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 12:21 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 10:12 p.m. CDT
Fox River Grove firefighters stand by at the scene following an accident involving a pickup truck and a METRA train at Lincoln Avenue. H. Rick Bamman

FOX RIVER GROVE – A Palatine man suffered injuries that were not life-threatening after his pickup truck was struck by a Metra train.

Police and rescue workers were dispatched at 11:12 a.m. Thursday to Route 14 and Lincoln Avenue to respond to a report of a Metra train collision with a pickup truck.

Fox River Grove police said the driver of the pickup, Frank Gammoh, 47, of Palatine, was eastbound on Route 14 and turned right onto Lincoln Avenue through the railroad crossing gates and stopped on the tracks. The front end of the truck was struck by a slow moving, inbound Metra train arriving at the station.

Firefighters had to extricate Gammoh from the truck. He was transported to Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The hospital said Gammoh was being treated and was expected to released Thursday.

Police Chief Ron Lukasik said the crash is under investigation, but he said citations might be issued.

The Metra train was stopped for about 50 minutes. The intersection at Lincoln Avenue was closed as repairs to the crossing gates were made, but has since reopened, Lukasik said.

“Thankfully, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been,” Lukasik said.

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