A driver who police say drove through a closed railroad crossing gate was struck by a train and died Thursday.
According to an Illinois State Police District 11 press release, the driver of a 2006 Dodge pickup was traveling west at 2:13 p.m. on Illinois 143 toward Highland when he drove around the crossing gates and entered the railroad right of way. A southbound train struck the pickup and the driver was fatally injured. The gates were down and flashing lights were activated when the driver went through the gates, police said.
Police did not identify the driver pending notification of family members.