One Dead in Chicago-Bound Train-Truck Collision in Southwestern Illinois

The driver of the truck allegedly drove around the warning gates

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Authorities say one person has died after an Amtrak passenger train struck a pickup truck in southwestern Illinois.

Alton Fire Chief Mark Harris says the collision happened around 9:30 a.m. Sunday at a crossing in his city, just northeast of St. Louis. The crossing includes gates, bells and lights to alert cars to oncoming trains.

Harris said witnesses reported seeing the truck driver go around warning gates.

Amtrak officials said the train was the Texas Eagle, which operates between San Antonio and Chicago.

Photographs from the scene show the twisted wreckage of a vehicle lodged just under the front of the Amtrak locomotive.

Authorities did not identify the person who died. None of the 256 train passengers or crew suffered injuries.

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