Train and Tractor Collide in Bureau County

Train Incident 11/22/18 Studstill Media Photo

WYANET – An Amtrak train and a tractor collided southwest of Wyanet Thanksgiving morning.    Emergency crews were called around 10 a.m. to a field about a mile and a half from town after a tractor with an Anhydrous bar implement was crossing the tracks at a private crossing  about 1/4 mile from a road in a field and was hit by a westbound Amtrak passenger train.   A passenger who wished to not be identified said that “Everyone remained calm but there were some injuries”   She stated she saw passengers in neck braces and some with bloodied hands and faces. 

Studstill Media Photo 11/22/18


 The tractor was scattered along the tracks after the collision, but it appeared the Anhydrous Ammonia tanks were not damaged.  Authorities say around 120 passengers and crew were on the Carl Sandburg Train 381 as it traveled through Bureau County.  Amtrak has said passengers will be taken by bus back to the Princeton station.