That semi-truck was carrying a load of cars when it collided with inbound Train 2242 at Western and Bartlett Road in the northwest suburb. Witnesses say several of the cars on the trailer went flying at the time of impact. The train derailed near the Bartlett Station.
No one was seriously injured, police said, but two people were taken to local hospitals with minor injuries. Metra officials say the gates and lights were working at the time of the crash Monday afternoon.
Part of the wreckage remains on the Metra tracks as investigators try to determine the cause of the accident.
"It's a fully marked intersection, it has lights, it has the arms that come down. At this particular point we do not know why the truck itself was on the tracks. The Metra police department is the lead agency and they are currently investigating the cause," said Michael McGuigan, Bartlett Police Department.
Metra says trains are slowly moving through the Bartlett area at a "walking pace," and that delays up to an hour can be expected. For the latest information, visit the Metra website.