2 injured when pickup collides with train locomotive

This pickup truck collided with a train locomotive early Sunday, injuring the driver and passenger. (WGN-TV)

Two people were seriously injured when the pickup truck they were in collided with a freight train locomotive in Itasca early this morning, officials said.

The collision between the truck and one of two attached locomotives happened about 2:53 a.m. on a Canadian Pacific line north of Irving Park Road at Rohlwing Road in the northwest suburb, Itasca Fire Protection District Deputy Chief John Radzinski told WGN-TV.

The truck collided with a Canadian Pacific Railroad locomotive on its way east to the railroad's Bensenville yards, said Mike LoVecchio, a spokesman for Canadian Pacific. The locomotives were not pulling a train, LoVecchio said.

The male driver and a female passenger were trapped in the pickup following the crash, Radzinski said. Extrication of the female passenger took longer and she was taken by helicopter to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital for treatment, and the male driver was taken to Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village.

The driver was cited for driving under the influence in the crash, said Meg Reile, a spokeswoman for Metra, whose police force was involved in responding to the crash.

Itasca police officials were not available for comment today.

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