Rockford Scanner™: Train Accident South of Byron


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On 12/2/2018 at approximately 8:56 AM Ogle County Sheriff’s Deputies, Oregon EMS, and Oregon Fire Department responded to the 2400 block of South Rocky Hollow Road at the BNSF Railroad tracks in reference to a train vs truck accident.  Upon arrival, Deputies learned Jeff Pruski, age 43 of Sandwich was driving a 2015 Chevy Colorado and was stopped facing southbound on Rocky Hollow Road just north of the tracks as the train was approaching.  Pruski then drove southbound around the gate arm which was working properly just as the train was approaching the intersection traveling westbound.  The train then struck the driver’s side of the truck and was pushed just off the northwest side of the roadway before coming to rest.  Pruski was transported to Mercyhealth Hospital in Rockford in critical yet stable condition.  The accident remains under investigation.


Accident: BURLINGTON NORTHERN TRAIN VS. PICKUP

Location: WEST OF CHANA, IL

Time: 9:15 AM 12-2-2018

Source and Photos: George Bower






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