UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. — A truck driver was killed after he apparently tried to go around crossing gates in the path of an Amtrak train in south suburban University Park.
The accident happened around 5 p.m. Sunday in University Park, about 30 miles south of Chicago.
Amtrak train 393 was bound for Carbondale when it hit the truck at 70 miles an hour.
The truck driver was killed on impact. He has been identified as 77-year-old Richard Millette of Frankfort.
The Amtrak was carrying nearly 300 passengers at the time of the accident. Five train cars were derailed, and two passengers suffered minor injuries. The derailment left hundreds of passenger stranded while authorities investigated what happened.
Amtrak is working to provide chartered buses to take people to their scheduled destinations. Passengers were being taken to Governor’s State University to have a safe place to wait while those buses arrived.
A number of Amtrak trains are cancelled on Monday, so if you’re scheduled to take a trip, you should check their website.
University Park police said they hope to have Governor’s Highway and University Parkway back open to traffic by 2 p.m. Monday. Canadian National also expects to have trains running again by then, as well.
The Will County coroner says an autopsy will be done on Millette Monday.
Amtrak officials have determined the lights and gates were working properly at the time of the crash.