One dies in crossing accident with Empire Builder

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Police investigate the grade crossing accident in Brookfield, Wis., that left the automobile driver dead Monday.
Cate Kratville-Wrinn
BROOKFIELD, Wis. — A 70-year-old man died Monday when he drove his SUV into the path of Amtrak’s westbound Empire Builder passenger train, according to police reports. The accident happened at 4:15 p.m. at Brookfield Road adjacent to the wood Brookfield depot. The crossing has gates and flashers.

The 9-car train with three P42 locomotives for power had just left its Milwaukee station stop minutes before the accident. The area’s posted speed limit is 60 mph for passenger trains and 50 mph for freights. The train did not derail, and there were no reports of injuries on board. The train traveled about a half mile before coming to a stop near the 100 milepost on Canadian Pacific’s former Milwaukee Road main line between Chicago and the Twin Cities.

Police shut down Brookfield and River roads and held the Builder for almost four and a half hours before it departed, and freight traffic resumed.

According to Operation Lifesaver, the grade crossing awareness and safety program, 274 people died in more than 2,100 crossing accidents in 2017, and another 800-plus were injured. 2018 statistics were not available as of this date.

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