One person was injured in a collision between a slow-moving train and a semi Monday afternoon in Channahon Township.
The crash occurred at about 4 p.m. at Durkee Road, south of the river and west of Interstate 55, Channahon Police Chief Jeff Wold said. Since the accident was in unincorporated , Will County Sheriff's Police are investigating the crash.
On Tuesday morning, emergency crews remained at the scene to clean up the hazardous material situation, Kathy Hoffmeyer, Will County Sheriff's Police spokeswoman said.
"The tanker was loaded with a liquid, high volt two transformer oil, approximately 4,200 gallons," Hoffmeyer said.
The tanker is owned by Maxwell Tank Lines.
Original reports were that the train driver was distracted, but witness Kevin Hoffman, President of Hoffman Transportation and Hoffman Rail Distribution, said the accident occurred at a marked crossing.
"The train always has the right of way," Hoffman said. "Our engineer was not distracted."
Even when trains are traveling at a slow rate of speed, Hoffman said it takes them three train car lengths to stop.
The train was traveling on Burlington Northern Sante Fe tracks.
The driver of the semi was taken to the Saint Joseph with possible head injuries, Hoffmeyer said. The driver's condition was unavailable.
By Tuesday afternoon, the tracks were operating normally, Hoffman said.