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Amtrak train smashes into a wide load trailer in northern La Salle County

Posted by wlpo on October 14, 2015

An Amtrak train on its way from Mendota to Chicago made an unscheduled stop Tuesday afternoon.

The train filled with 179 passengers and 13 crew members smashed into the trailer of a semi carrying an oversized load. The crash happened along Route 34 west of Somonauk.

Deputies think the semi driver, 58-year-old Brian Barthel of Minnesota was crossing the tracks when the crossing arms came down while his trailer was still on the tracks. The oncoming train couldn’t avoid hitting the backside of the trailer.

One passenger on the train was looked over at Valley West Hospital.

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