One person is dead after a freight train hit a truck that was trying to drive around a downed crossing gate near Pierron yesterday afternoon. The driver of the truck, 38-year-old Johnathan M. Schrage of Breese, was the lone victim and only person in the vehicle at the time of the accident just after 2pm Tuesday near the Madison-Bond County line.
Illinois State Police say the warning lights at the crossing were working and the gates were down but Schrage tried to go around the gates and was hit by the southbound train. No one on the train was injured. The accident took place on Illinois 143 at Railroad Crossing Road