Man Killed When Hit By A Train Near Rochelle



Several Rockford Scanner fans have sent us information on a fatal accident that happened overnight near Rochelle.

A man in his 40’s was struck by a train and killed near Washington st. The train (possibly a Union Pacific) was headed westbound. The man was found dead on the tracks.

The cause of the death is under investigation. An autopsy is scheduled. The name has not yet been released.



Accident Involving A Train Near Cherry Valley

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Around 5:36 am this morning several emergency personnel were dispatched to the area of Perryville and Rye Ridge Trail. Scanner traffic is saying a train and a vehicle have collided near this location. Unknown on injuries at the time of dispatch, the driver of the train was getting out to check on the occupant(s) of the vehicle while emergency personnel were en route. Still developing.

Update: Police are on scene, searching for the vehicle that was hit. The train was traveling eastbound.  They are trying to locate the vehicle. As of 5:47 am, they have yet to locate the vehicle.

UPDATE: At 5:49 am this morning they located the vehicle, a White Ford. No one was inside the vehicle, they believe the victim was ejected. They are trying to find a K9 to help search for the victim. They requested the crime scene unit to the scene.

Update: At 6:31 am they made contact with the registered owner. Sounds like the vehicle was abandoned last night and the train hit it. The driver was not inside the vehicle, when the train hit it.  So there are NO injuries reported.

UPDATE:  Officials said the owner was driving the vehicle off road when it became stuck.  The driver was unable to get his vehicle un-stuck, so he abandoned the vehicle. The train hit the vehicle later on. No injuries. They are searching the area to confirm there are no victims. The area remains blocked off while officers investigate.


Traffic Alert: The train has stopped and probably will not be moving for awhile. So please avoid the area or expect long delays.