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SUV clipped by train leads to traffic backups

Authorities respond Tuesday afternoon to a report that a train hit a car at the Sixth Street rail crossing in DeKalb. The minor accident actually occurred at the Seventh Street crossing and caused all seven at-grade crossings in DeKalb to be blocked for about 40 minutes. Chronicle photo CHRIS RICKERT
Authorities respond Tuesday afternoon to a report that a train hit a car at the Sixth Street rail crossing in DeKalb. The minor accident actually occurred at the Seventh Street crossing and caused all seven at-grade crossings in DeKalb to be blocked for about 40 minutes. Chronicle photo CHRIS RICKERT

DeKALB - A sport utility vehicle that got caught on the railroad tracks at the Seventh Street crossing was clipped by an oncoming train Tuesday afternoon, causing it to stop and block all seven at-grade crossings in the city for about 40 minutes. According to DeKalb police Sgt. James McDougall, a 1992 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Johnnie Raymond, 55, of Sycamore was on the tracks at the Seventh Street crossing waiting for the red light at Lincoln Highway to change. As a train approached from the east, Raymond tried to inch forward out of its way but did not have enough room and &#8220the train clipped the trailer hitch on the rear of the car,” McDougall said. When police arrived, there was no immediate sign that an accident had occurred as Raymond reportedly had driven away and parked the vehicle behind a residence in the 200 block of South Seventh Street. She was located soon after and was issued tickets for leaving the scene of an accident and disobeying a traffic signal indicating the approach of a train. The train, which was not damaged, was stopped in town from about 2:55 p.m. to about 3:35 p.m., blocking at-grade crossings at First, Second, Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh and 10th streets. McDougall said police had to direct traffic on Pearl Street as vehicles took advantage of the railroad underpass there to get to where they were going. Chris Rickert can be reached at crickert@daily-chronicle.com.

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