One person was killed when an Amtrak train hit a vehicle Wednesday near southwest suburban Lemont.
Amtrak train No. 300 struck the vehicle about 9:30 a.m. in the 11200 block of Boyer Street in unincorporated Lemont, according to Cook County sheriff’s office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari and Amtrak officials.
Officials say the crash occurred when the driver was attempting to cross the tracks at an unprotected crossing. The vehicle was crossing the tracks when the Amtrak train slammed into it, sending it careening down the tracks.
The victim has not been identified by name, but police say that the victim was a 63-year-old man from suburban Winfield.
The male driver of the vehicle was killed in the crash, she said. There were no passengers in the vehicle.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not released details about the death.
The train, which operates daily from St. Louis to Chicago, remains halted as emergency crews investigate, Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said.c