Fatal Car Vs. Train Collision Near Bond/Madison County Line

State police are reporting a fatal car vs. train accident that took place at 2:13 Thursday afternoon on IL Rt. 143 near the Bond/Madison County Line.

Preliminary details indicate the driver of a Dodge truck was traveling westbound on IL Rt. 143 at Railroad Crossing Road near Highland. The gates were down and the railroad crossbuck flashing lights were activated. According to state police, the driver drove around the lower gates and entered the railroad right of way. The southbound train struck the truck and the driver was fatally injured.

The identity of the driver has not been released, pending notification of family.