[UPDATED] One Person Injured When Train Collided with Semi in Channahon Township

The crash on Monday afternoon caused a hazardous materials situation that was still being addressed Tuesday.

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.

BP August 29, 2012 at 02:14 AM
"The train always has the right of way," Hoffman said and we failed OUR duty to keep the crossing safe should be added. I guess his employees and BNSF employees don't deserve gates getting to and from the toxic dumps. ..."Our engineer was not distracted."...What engineer ---The remote control one? Google map that location and there's 100s of rail cars/tankers with no telling what kind of agent ooze a few hundred feet away. Yet only 1 train a day crosses in the inventory. No lights and gates even though BNSF has robbed us of 100s of sets of lights and gates on closed reworked crossings. Some railroad idiots built a fence right in the needed sight lines at the crossing. 4441 0.006989 004394F BNSF IL WILL CHANNAHON DURKEE RD 0 0 0 0 0 XB 2 1 70 NO 2 1,100 www.icc.illinois.gov/railroad/crossing.aspx?dotId=004394F&dot=004394F&v= 6215 0.003056 004559B BNSF IL WILL CHANNAHON DURKEE RD 0 0 0 0 0 FL 1 1 70 NO 2 1,100 www.icc.illinois.gov/railroad/crossing.aspx?dotId=004559B&dot=004559B&v=


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