Lena, IL (August 30, 2020) – The driver of a delivery van was killed after being fatally struck by a train in a rural area of Lena on Friday afternoon, August 28. The deadly accident reportedly took place on N. Baker Road north of W. Galena Road at around 1:30 p.m.
According to reports from the Stephenson County Sheriff’s Office, a 2018 white Econoline E350 was traveling southbound on Baker Road a the time of the accident. The vehicle was struck by a westbound train at a railroad crossing near Galena Road. The impact caused the driver of the van to be ejected from the vehicle.
They were pronounced dead at the scene by responding paramedics. At this time, the identity of the deceased party has not been reported and currently awaiting notification from next of kin. The cause of the crash is still unknown.
No further updates on the accident have been provided. An ongoing investigation into the crash is being conducted by local law enforcement officials.
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
Deadly Train Collisions in Illinois
Massive locomotives travel at break-neck speeds and can inflict catastrophic injuries and other damages in the event of an accident. According to the United States Department of Transportation, there are more than 5,800 train-vehicle collisions reported across the country each year. The vast majority of these accidents take place at railway crossings. These accidents contribute to nearly 600 deaths and 2,3000 injuries annually. About 75% of day time train-vehicle accidents involve the train striking the car.
Family members are often left reeling after a loved one’s life is tragically cut short due to the negligence of another, and recovering can be a difficult battle for surviving family members who are left to pick up the pieces. It is only natural to want to grieve, and pursuing a lawsuit is usually the least of their concerns. However, an Illinois wrongful death lawsuit can potentially help your family recover financial compensation resulting from your devastating loss.
At Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd., we take the utmost care and deliberation to do everything possible to obtain compensation for our clients after they have suffered the loss of a dear family member. Our Illinois wrongful death attorneys can support your family through this difficult time and bring you some peace of mind while making sure that the at-fault party is held responsible. Contact our offices today at 312-386-7683 if you have unfairly lost a family member in a deadly Illinois train accident.
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