Illinois State Police responded to a fatal accident on St. John’s Road just east of Old Route 66 in Macoupin County Friday at 11:30 a.m.
30 year old Brian L. Irwin, of Litchfield, was westbound on St. John’s Road and attempted to cross a rural Norfolk Southern railroad crossing. According to the police report, Irwin failed to yield to a northbound train.
The train struck the driver’s side area of Irwin’s pickup truck. Irwin suffered serious injuries and was transported by Arch Helicopter to Memorial Hospital in Springfield. His passenger, 26 year old Nicholas H. Rayphole, also of Litchfield, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Macoupin County Coroner.