Train, car crash near Gillespie

Train, car crash near Gillespie

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Illinois State Police District 18 is investigating a single vehicle crash  that resulted in a Litchfield man being injured at 7:20 a.m., Saturday, June 10, east of Gillespie.

According to police, Steve Worker, 59, of Litchfield was traveling east in a 2002 Chevrolet Colorado on Route 16 at the Norfolk Southern Railroad crossing west of Henderson Road. The railroad crossing gates were down with the flashing lights activated. Worker drove eastbound under the crossing gates and was struck on the driver’s side by a southbound train operated by Norfolk Southern Railroad; Worker stated he was blinded by the sunlight. He was transported to St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield by Gillespie-Benld Area Ambulance Service and was in stable condition; he was cited for disobeying a railroad signal.

The roadway was closed for approximately one hour. Other agencies assisting on the scene were the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Department, Gillespie Police Department and Gillespie Fire Department.

Steven Worker of Litchfield was injured when the truck he was driving was struck by a train near Gillespie on June  10.