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Coroner IDs man killed in Amtrak collision near Somonauk

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Firefighters work to clear the wreckage of a vehicle that was hit by an Amtrak train Sunday at the North Green Street crossing of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad tracks near Somonauk. Police said the driver went around the gates and into the path of the train. The man, Josh Wilson, 28, of Sandwich, was killed.
Photo provided Firefighters work to clear the wreckage of a vehicle that was hit by an Amtrak train Sunday at the North Green Street crossing of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad tracks near Somonauk. Police said the driver went around the gates and into the path of the train. The man, Josh Wilson, 28, of Sandwich, was killed.

SOMONAUK – The death of a 28-year-old Sandwich man whose vehicle was struck by an Amtrak train Sunday afternoon near Somonauk remains under investigation.

DeKalb County Coroner Dennis Miller identified the man as Josh Wilson, according to a news release Monday monring.

The incident happened around 3 p.m. at the North Green Street crossing of the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe railroad line in Somonauk, according to a written statement issued by Somonauk police. Police said Wilson was northbound on Green Street when he drove around the gates and was hit by Train No. 5, which shortly before had left Union Station headed to the San Francisco Bay area.

Hours afterward, the train, nicknamed the California Zephyr, was expected to continue on its way, according to Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari.

He said none of the 248 passengers and 25 crew members aboard the train were injured.

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