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Collision of Amtrak Passenger Train No. 301 on Illinois Central Gulf Railroad with Marquette Motor Service Terminals, Inc., Truck

Executive Summary

About 9:48 a.m., c.d.t., on July 28, 1983, Amtrak train No. 301, operating on the Illinois Central Gulf Railroad, collided with a Marquette Motor Service Terminals, Inc., delivery truck at the New River Road railroad/highway grade crossing about 1 mile north of Wilmington, Illinois. The locomotive unit and all three cars of the train were derailed, and the truck and it lading were destroyed. Two train crewmembers, the truckdriver, and 18 train passengers were injured. Total damage was estimated to be $584,000.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the truckdriver for undetermined reasons to perceive the crossbuck warning signs, the flashing light signals, the approaching train, or the whistle of the approaching train and to stop his vehicle short of the tracks at the railroad/highway grade crossing.

Accident Location: Wilmington , IL    
Accident Date: 7/28/1983
Accident ID: DCA83AR008

Date Adopted: 10/16/1984
NTSB Number: RHR-84-02
NTIS Number: PB84-917008

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