Amtrak Derails En Route to Carbondale

Jul 29, 2019

Amtrak says a Carbondale-bound train struck a vehicle on the tracks in northeast Illinois, causing several cars to derail.

Spokeswoman Christina Leeds says the accident happened around 5 p.m. Sunday in University Park, about 30 miles south of Chicago. Leeds says no injuries were reported to anyone on the train, which was carrying nearly 300 passengers at the time.

One locomotive and five passenger cars jumped the tracks after the vehicle was struck, but Leeds says all remained upright.

It's unclear if anyone was inside the vehicle at the time of the incident. Passengers on the Illini (393) were bused to their destinations. Numerous trains were cancelled or had modified service between Carbondale and Chicago on Monday.

Authorities say the driver of a box truck has died after the vehicle was struck by the train.

The Will County coroner's office says 77-year-old Richard E. Millette of Frankfort, Illinois, died following the crash. An autopsy was planned.