Truck driver killed, Amtrak 'Illini' derailed in grade-crossing collision (second update)

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. — Amtrak’s southbound Illini derailed Sunday evening after hitting a truck at a grade crossing near the University Park Metra station, about 30 miles south of Chicago.

The driver of the truck was killed, according to a University Park Fire Department official quoted by ABC News, and two people on board the train were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Train No. 393, the Illini to Carbondale, Ill., was reported to be traveling at about 70 mph when it hit the truck about 5 p.m., derailing the locomotive and five cars. About 300 passengers and five crew members were on board. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari told ABC News the crossing gates appeared to be working at the time of the accident.

Service on Canadian National’s former Illinois Central route south of Chicago remains disrupted in the wake of the accident. Sunday night’s southbound departure of the City of New Orleans was cancelled, as is Monday morning’s morning’s Train No. 391, the Saluki to Carbondale. The northbound City of New Orleans, scheduled to arrive in Chicago on Monday morning, was terminated in Carbondale with passengers bused the remainder of the route.

Monday's departures of the City of New Orleans from Chicago and New Orleans will operate as scheduled, Magliari said, and as will the southbound Illini, train No. 393, scheduled to depart Chicago at 4:05 p.m., and the northbound Illini, train No. 392, scheduled to depart Carbondale at 4:15 p.m.

— Updated at 9 a.m. CDT on July 29 with corrected number of derailed cars, more information on Monday operations; update at 10:40 a.m. CDT on July 29 with restoration of service on Chicago-Carbondale route.

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