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Amtrak hits car near Carbondale

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UPDATED: 5:40 p.m. WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2017

JACKSON COUNTY -- Officials have released new details about the crash that happened between a car and an Amtrak train Wednesday afternoon.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says the vehicle was a 2010 Honda Accord driven by Monique Leonard, 48, of Carterville. 

Leonard was driving west across the railroad tracks into the path of the southbound Amtrak train. The car was severely damaged and pieces of the car were thrown around the scene. 

Leonard suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital. 

The train was also damaged and repairs are needed to make it operational again.

Authorities are still investigating the crash.

UPDATED: 4:00 p.m. WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2017

JACKSON COUNTY -- An Amtrak official tells News 3 that the 391 Saluki Amtrak train struck the vehicle around 2:20 Wednesday afternoon.

The train was coming from Chicago and heading to the Carbondale train station when it struck the car. No one on board was injured.

Amtrak is unsure if their afternoon schedule will be interrupted. The train is stopped at the scene of the crash while an investigation is ongoing.


JACKSON COUNTY -- An Amtrak train collided with a car Wednesday afternoon just north of Carbondale.

The crash happened around 2:20 p.m. near the intersection of Highway 51 and Helm Road across from Fox Road.

One person was taken to the hospital. No word on injuries.

At this time authorities aren't releasing any information. We do have a crew on the scene.

Stay with News 3 for updates as they become available.

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