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2 die when Amtrak train, truck collide in Illinois

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The scene of the collision in Illinois  

August 25, 1999
Web posted at: 1:05 p.m. EDT (1705 GMT)

ELWOOD, Illinois (CNN) -- An Amtrak train collided with a pickup truck south of Chicago on Wednesday, killing two people in the truck, the Will County Sheriff's Department said.

The St. Louis-to-Chicago train, The Statehouse, had 103 passengers and a crew of five on board when the wreck occurred. The train did not derail, and no one on board was injured, Amtrak officials said.

The accident occurred at a crossing in Elwood, about 50 miles south of Chicago.

"I have no information on how it happened, but if it's a grade crossing, it's almost certain that the motor vehicle was at fault," Amtrak spokesman Cliff Black said. "Trains have the right of way at grade crossings."

The accident occurred about 8:50 a.m. Wednesday, he said. The wreck was expected to delay the train about 90 minutes.



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