A 69 year old man has died after a train derailment in Stonington Friday afternoon. On October 21st, 2022 at approximately 12:19 PM, Christian County 9-1-1 received a call for a train versus rail equipment crash at the intersection of American Legion Drive and the Norfolk Southern Railway crossing in Stonington. The crash involved a Norfolk Southern train hauling four empty railroad cars and a Trackmobile railcar mover that is owned by Legacy Grain Cooperative.
After an investigation, it was revealed that the Norfolk Southern train was Northeast bound and the Legacy Grain Cooperative Trackmobile was at the intersection of American Legion Drive on the main line for Norfolk Southern. The Trackmobile crossed into the path of the Norfolk Southern train, causing the collision. The grain elevator employee did not survive and was pronounced deceased on the scene by Christian County Coroner Amy Calvert Winans. No other injuries were reported.
The Stonington Police Department, Christian County Sheriff's Office, Taylorville Police Department, Illinois State Police, Stonington Fire Department, Christian County EMA, Taylorville Fire Department, Dunn's Ambulance, the Christian County Coroner's Office, and Norfolk Southern Corporation responded to the call. The Decatur Fire Department's hazmat team responded to the crash due to diesel fuel leaking from the engine.
The Christian County Coroner's Office has scheduled an autopsy to be held in near the future.