11-year-old boy hit by train in Barrington out of critical condition
Updated: March 18, 2013 9:30AM
The 11-year-old boy struck by a southbound Metra train Friday in downtown Barrington has been upgraded to stable condition at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.
The boy, Dominic Szymanski, is preparing to undergo additional surgeries, officials in Barrington School District 220 reported Sunday on the district’s website. Syzmanski is a fifth grader at Hough Elementary School.
“His condition is stable, but doctors now ask that the extent of his injuries remain discreet until he can be informed in a caring and careful way,” Jeff Arnett, spokesman for Barrington School District 220, said late Saturday.
The district removed reference to the nature of Dominic’s injuries from its social media sites out of concern that classmates or friends may try to communicate with him directly.
At about 6:05 p.m. Friday, Dominic was crossing the rail tracks on the Union Pacific Northwest line at Hough Street just north of Lake Cook Road when he was struck by a southbound train enroute to the Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago. Dominic was believed to be on his way to or from the Celtic Festival at Cook Street Plaza at the time of the accident.
According to Arnett, Barrington police reported that he’d waited for another train to pass but his view of a train coming from the other direction was obscured.
“He started across the tracks after the first train passed and was struck by the second train on the opposite track,” said Arnett. Several witnesses rushed to provide aidfirst aid until paramedics arrived.
Barrington police declined to provide any further information on the accident Sunday.