Police Investigating Crash Between Train and SUV in Jackson County, Illinois

MAKANDA, IL- Kfvs.com writes that an SUV drive into the side of a southbound train in Downtown Makanda, Illinois. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office reported that the driver of the vehicle was 61-year-old Julie Walker. The incident occurred at about 5:47 p.m. on Friday, November 30, 2018.

Walker was driving a Toyota Rav4 and stopped the vehicle at a railroad crossing where the gates were down. The Toyota then surged forward and struck the train.

Walker did not suffer any injuries in the incident, but her vehicle was severely damaged, and the train suffered damage as well. The Toyota had to be removed from the scene by a tow truck. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is carrying out the investigation into the cause of the incident.

The size of a train compared to the size of a passenger vehicle is comparable to a car versus a soda can. Basically, if a train strikes a car, the car stands little chance. It is important for drivers to be extremely cautious when driving around train tracks. Trains can be quieter than people realize, and because of their size, they are often closer and moving faster than people would estimate. Drivers and pedestrians should assume there could always be a train because trains do not always follow regular schedules. Of course, trains are not able to make quick stops. It is, therefore, the responsibility of drivers to avoid collisions with trains because the train is just not capable of avoiding collisions.

Trains always have the right of way. This is true even with police vehicles, ambulances, andfire trucks. If there is a train, drivers simply have to wait until it passes by.

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