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Aurora man struck by train in Streator, taken to Peoria hospital

A 20-year-old Aurora man was lying between the rails of the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks in Streator near the East First and Baker streets crossings when a train hit him.

Streator police received the call shortly after 10:30 a.m. Thursday, according to Police Chief Kurt Pastirik. When the officer arrived, the man was conscious and the officer helped him from under the train.

The man was taken to OSF Center for Health-Streator, then transferred to OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Streator police still are investigating the incident.

The train was stalled on the tracks blocking crossings in Streator from First Street down to the Hickory and Wasson street crossing. Streator police posted on Facebook warning residents of the crossing closings.

This was the second incident of a pedestrian being struck by a train on the Norfolk Southern railroad track in Streator in the past two weeks. On July 30, a Streator man was lying on the tracks near Cross Street and just south of Frech Street, when he was hit and taken to OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

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