UPDATE: One dead, one injured in crash involving Amtrak train
UPDATE: The man who died in Thursday's accident has been confirmed as a Western Illinois University professor emeritus.
, Belles worked in the recreation, park and administration (RPTA) department. He had worked at the University from 1968 to 1996.
UPDATE: Police have released the identity of the person who died as the result of a train versus car crash on Thursday.
Illinois State Police say that 76-year-old Alfred G Belles of Macomb, Illinois, turned off of US Route 136 onto a private driveway at 8001 W US 136. That's when his vehicle, a Toyota Corolla, entered the railway and was struck.
The train had one engine and three passengers cars, and it was carrying 20 passengers and four Amtrak employees. No one on the train was injured, but a pregnant passenger was taken to McDonough District Hospital out of an abundance of caution.
ISP says that the accident occurred because Belles failed to stop prior to entering the railroad crossing. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
ISP says that an investigation is still pending.
The Illinois State Police were assisted by ISP District 14, ISP Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit, McDonough County Sheriff’s Office, McDonough County Coroner, Colchester Fire Department, Colchester Police Department, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Amtrak, and McDonough District Hospital Ambulance.
ORIGINAL: One person was killed after a car was hit by a train. According to Illinois State Police, it happened just after 11 a.m. on May 25, 2017, about three miles west of Macomb off of Highway 136.
Troopers are still investigating, but say the car was on a private drive and crossing railroad tracks when it was struck by an Amtrak Train. The driver was the only person in the car.
The Amtrak train had 20 passengers and four employees on board. One passenger on the train taken to the hospital for an injury that is not considered life-threatening.