COAL CITY – A BNSF freight train heading north collided Thursday morning with a pickup truck at a railroad crossing on Reed Road between Tynan and Gorman roads between Coal City and Mazon, resulting in the death of the vehicle’s driver. The Grundy County Coroner’s Office has identified the driver as Thomas R. Vilt, 60, of Coal City and Florida. Grundy County Coroner John W. Callahan said in a news release that notification was made to family about 1 p.m. Thursday.
The crash occurred at the railroad crossing on Reed Road about three-fourths off a mile of Gorman Road, according to the news release. The preliminary investigation indicates the pickup truck was traveling southeast on Reed Road and was crossing the tracks when it was struck by an oncoming train.
Grundy County Sheriff Kevin Callahan said the preliminary investigation has found that the crossing arms and signal lights at the crossing were operational, and the driver of the truck went around the arms and was struck by the train.
Vilt was pronounced dead at the scene by Callahan. The crash remains under investigation by the coroner’s office and sheriff’s department.