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Train slammed into pickup, killing Coal City man: cops

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A Coal City man was killed Monday afternoon when a freight train slammed into his pickup truck at the crossing west of the intersection of Murphy and Cooper roads in Wilmington Township, police said.

The driver of the GMC Sierra 2500 pickup was identified by the Will County Sheriff’s Office as a 64-year-old man.

The Will County Coroner’s Office failed to provide any information on the matter nearly six hours after the 1:20 p.m. incident.

The truck was heading west on Murphy Road when it was hit by the train, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Initial reports” indicated the pickup “may have been stuck in a gravel area on the north side” of the railroad crossing when it was hit by the train, the sheriff’s office said.

The truck was found on its roof about 150 feet north of the crossing, according to the sheriff’s office.

“The crossing signal, signal bells and crossing gates were still operating after the incident occurred,” police said. “The train engineer was unharmed and is being interviewed by deputies.”