CHICAGO, IL – An explosion on the Metra train tracks on the northwest side of Chicago severely injured two workers and one died. The workers had performed welding work on the rails at 11.45 am on Saturday, when the explosion took place, Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile told Patch.

"They were out there doing maintenance that involved welding and there was a kind of explosion," Reile said. "The two gentlemen were seriously injured."

She could not immediately confirm that one person had been killed, but the Chicago Tribune reported that one of them, a man, was declared dead at a hospital shortly after noon. The second was in critical condition, the newspaper said.

The scene was secured shortly thereafter and at least one train was late. The cause of the explosion is still under investigation.

Old Irving Park is about 7 miles north of downtown.

A voicemail message to the Chicago Fire Department was not returned immediately.

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Credit: Lorraine Swanson / Patch

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