Fatal Train Accident In Macoupin County

There was a fatal train accident on Friday (February 14, 2014) when a freight train hit a pickup truck in Macoupin County.

Details on this fatal train collision, particularly regarding its cause, appear limited at this time.

The accident happened at approximately 11:30 a.m., when the pickup truck was struck.  According to Illinois State Police (ISP) the passenger in the pickup truck, identified as Nicholas Rayphole, 26, of Litchfield, died at the accident scene.

The driver of the pickup truck, Brian Irwin, 30, of Litchfield, was taken via helicopter to Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

An excerpt from the February 14, 2014 The State Journal-Register article, titled “Winter piles on another 5.5 inches of snow for Springfield” :

The fatal crash in Macoupin County occurred on St. John’s Road just east of Old Route 66 as Irwin was heading west and attempted to cross a rural Norfolk Southern railroad crossing with his 1997 Chevrolet pickup.

The Southern Illinois region was experiencing snow and icy weather at the time of the accident, and those conditions may have played a role in the accident.  The accident and its causes remain under investigation.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in the The State Journal-Register article mentioned above, as well as the myfoxchicago.com article of February 15, 2014 titled “Police:  Man killed in Macoupin County train wreck.”


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