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A train and pickup truck collision on Friday sent one Litchfield man to the hospital with serious injuries and killed another. Around 11:30am, 30-year-old Brian L. Irwin of Litchfield was westbound on St Johns Road just east of Old Route 66.  At that time, Irwin attempted to cross a rural Norfolk Southern railroad crossing. Irwin allegedly failed to yield to a northbound train.  The train struck Irwin in the driver’s side area.  As a result of the crash, Irwin suffered serious injuries and was transported by Arch Helicopter to Memorial Hospital in Springfield.  The passenger, 26-year-old Nicholas H. Rayphole of Litchfield, suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Macoupin County Coroner.    

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