Driver Killed, Train Derails in University Park Amtrak Crash - NBC Chicago

Driver Killed, Train Derails in University Park Amtrak Crash

The truck driver was killed in the crash, according to the Will County coroner's office

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    Driver Killed, Train Derails in University Park Amtrak Crash

    An Amtrak train collided with a truck in the south suburbs on Sunday, killing the truck driver and derailing multiple train cars, authorities say. Sandra Torres reports.

    (Published Monday, July 29, 2019)

    An Amtrak train collided with a truck in the south suburbs on Sunday, killing the truck driver and derailing multiple train cars, authorities say.

    The crash occurred at around 5 p.m. just south of the University Park Metra station, an Amtrak spokeswoman said in a statement. The rail service said the train was headed to Carbondale, Illinois, and going about 70 miles per hour when it hit the truck.

    The truck driver was killed in the crash, according to the Will County coroner's office, which identified him as 77-year-old Richard E. Millette, of Frankfort.

    One locomotive and five passenger cars derailed but remained upright, Amtrak said, adding that there were no injuries were reported by crew or the approximately 297 passengers on the train at the time.

    Sky 5: Aerial View of Amtrak Train Collision Damage in University Park

    Sky 5: Aerial View of Amtrak Train Collision Damage in University Park

    Sky 5 was over the scene Sunday evening after authorities said an Amtrak train collided with a vehicle on the tracks south of University Park Metra Station.

     


    (Published Sunday, July 28, 2019)

    Amtrak said that the railroad will remain closed while crews work to remove equipment and debris, meaning Monday night's train to New Orleans was canceled and the incoming train from New Orleans will end in bus transfers to Chicago from either Carbondale or Champaign.

    Two departures to Carbondale for Tuesday have also been canceled. The crash and its cause remain under investigation.

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