One Metra worker killed, another injured in trackwork explosion

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A Metra worker was killed in an accident near the Grayland station on Saturday.
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CHICAGO — One Metra worker was killed and another seriously injured in an explosion during track maintenance work on Saturday.

The accident occurred near the Grayland station on the Milwaukee District North line, and is being blamed on a “buildup” of gas while the men were welding rails, Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile told the Chicago Sun-Times. The workers were transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where 37-year-old Omar Solis was pronounced dead about 40 minutes after the accident occurred. The second worker was reported to be in critical condition.

Metra Chief Engineering Officer Bruce Marcheschi told the Sun-Times that the workers were conducting follow-up work on diamonds that were replaced the previous week. A Union Pacific line crosses the Metra route just north of the station.

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