Illinois borders the state with the most train tracks in the country, so residents have to be cautious when crossing the many railroad tracks in order to remain safe from harm.
An Illinois man is dead after his car was struck by an Amtrak train. As KWQC reports, the man was attempting to cross a train track as he headed onto a private driveway near Colchester, but his car became stuck at the rural crossing. Unable to move off of the tracks before the oncoming train struck the car, the local man was pronounced dead by emergency responders at the scene. Law enforcement said he did not stop before trying to cross the train tracks. There were no other passengers in the car at the time of the collision.
The Amtrak train was carrying four employees and 20 passengers at the time, and one pregnant passenger was brought to an area hospital to be checked for injuries after the car was struck. No other injuries were reported. The train had one engine pulling three passenger cars when it hit the Toyota Corolla. According to the McDonough County Voice, the train did suffer some damage from the crash. Law enforcement is conducting an investigation into the details of the accident. On the scene were officials from the coroner’s office, BNSF railway employees, representatives from the sheriff’s office, members of the local fire/rescue team in Colchester and workers from the Illinois Department of Transportation.
The victim, a 76-year-old man, was a former professor at Western Illinois University.