A train crash with a van Wednesday evening has hit close to home for the Christian County Sheriff’s Office. Five people are dead after the accident just before 7 Wednesday night at the intersection of Illinois Route 16 and 1800 N Christian County Road just west of Pana.
The victims were identified Thursday morning as Herbert J. Castle, Mary M. Pugsley, John A. Castle, Nell R. Castle, and Mary H. Castle.
Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says his deputy Tyler Castle is not only the grandson of some of the victims, but he was also one of the first on the scene. Kettelkamp says he also knew the victims well, and it’s hitting him and the department hard.
Kettelkamp reminds the public how difficult it is to be a police officer, and says he appreciates all of the public’s thoughts and prayers.
Kettelkamp asks anyone that was at the ice cream social who may have information on who was driving to call the Christian County Sheriff's Office.
The crash is still under investigation. We will have updates as they become available.