1 Dead After Amtrak Train Strikes Car

A 28-year-old man from Sandwich, Illinois, was pronounced dead at the scene

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One man is dead after a train struck a vehicle in a northern Illinois suburb on Sunday afternoon, according to police. 

Authorities say the incident occurred around 3 p.m. at the Green Street Crossing in Somonauk, a town located about 60 miles west of Chicago. Police say the gates were down and a man drove his car around them.

An Amtrak train traveling westbound from Union Station in Chicago to California struck the car, stopping about a half mile down from the crossing with the vehicle still in front of the train, the Somonauk Fire Department said. 

A 28-year-old man from Sandwich, Illinois, was pronounced dead at the scene, officials confirmed. 

Firefighters extricated the victim and removed the vehicle. The 264 passengers and 9 Amtrak crew members aboard the train were checked by emergency medical service staff, and no injuries were reported. 

The BNSF line was temporarily stopped but as of 8:30 p.m., the Amtrak train began moving again.

Authorities continue to investigate the crash. 

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