UPDATE: Tractor driver dies after collision with Amtrak train in Bureau County

Published: Nov. 22, 2018 at 2:48 PM CST
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UPDATE 11/23:

A tractor driver has died following an Amtrak crash on Thursday.

Officials say they were called at 9:40 a.m. for a farm tractor and Amtrak train accident. The accident occurred southwest of Wyanet at a Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad crossing.

According to the Bureau County Sheriff's Office, a 25-year-old man was operating the tractor when he was hit by the Amtrak train.

Initial reports say the driver of the tractor was crossing from one field to another when he was hit by the train. Both the train and tractor had significant damage. According to the county coroner, the tractor's driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

The locomotive engineer and a train passenger were taken to the hospital. Five other passengers were taken to a separate hospital. Officials say all those injuries are in stable condition.

Several agencies provided assistance in the accident.

The name of the driver is being withheld pending family notification.


A county coroner has been dispatched to the scene where an Amtrak train collided with a farm tractor near the community of Princeton in north-central Illinois.

Authorities have not confirmed there was a fatality.


Around 9:35 a.m. on Thursday, an Amtrak train, 381, Carl Sandburg was traveling from Chicago to Quincy. During the ride, officials say the train crashed into farm equipment near Wyanet, Illinois.

Officials say no injuries have been reported to the 180 passengers on board however, there was an injury to a crew member.

Amtrak police are working with local law enforcement to investigate the incident.

The train did sustain damage following the crash.

A spokesperson from Amtrak wants to remind people of the importance of exercising caution around railroad tracks and crossings. Amtrak works closely with Operation Lifesaver to communicate these dangers.