1 dead after train hits pickup truck in Indiana, officials say

PORTER COUNTY, Ind. -- One person is dead after a train hit a pickup truck in Indiana Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Lake County Indiana Sheriff, the driver tried crossing the intersection with gates down at County Line Road and Route 12. He said the train was traveling at a high speed when it hit the truck. At the point of impact, the truck’s gas tank exploded.

First responders used the Jaws of Life to get the driver out of the truck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The train's service was stopped near Ogden Dunes due to the accident.

Mary Green is a regular passenger on the South Shore line. She was on the train after leaving work at the University of Chicago and was on her way home to northwest Indiana. She said she felt a big thud and heard some noise and said she knew the train had hit something. At first, she thought it might have been a deer or thought the train had derailed.

“As we stood in the vestibule, we could smell gasoline and we could see smoke,” she said. “They did not allow any cars to come through so none of us could be picked up.”

The next station was more than a mile away. Green took photos of the accident as she was walking down the line toward the next closest station.

The passengers onboard the train were not injured.