Metrolink Train Slams Into Car

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WASHINGTON PARK, IL (KPLR) - An apparent try at beating a Metrolink train through a crossing has left a man hospitalized after a violent crash just before 5am on the East St. Louis-Washington Park line.

Police on the scene say it appears the driver of the Mazda 6 with Tennessee plates ran the gate in an effort to beat the train and didn't make it.

Witnesses on the scene say it took rescuers about fifteen minutes to pry the driver out of the mangled vehicle.  He did not appear to be moving, but medics involved say the man was breathing when he was taken to an area hospital.  There has been no further word on his condition.

Police say they aren't certain who has jurisdiction over the crash.  37th Street, where it took place, is the border of East St. Louis and Washington Park.

37th Street near St. Clair Avenue was closed for much of the morning as investigators collected evidence.

Metrolink trains were running on a half hour delay for much of the morning.  Shuttles were running between Emerson Park and Fairview Heights stations while police worked the scene.