Units responding to vehicle vs. train crash in Somers: one person killed
At 9:13 p.m., Somers Fire and Rescue units and sheriff’s deputies are responding to a report of a crash involving a vehicle and a train at Highway A and the Canadian Pacific, in Somers.
Crash was reported by the train crew. Train was estimated to be traveling between 75 to 80 mph at time of impact.
UPDATE 9:24 p.m. — Deputy blocking westbound traffic on Highway A at Highway EA.
UPDATE 11:43 p.m. — From the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department:
On 12-20-12 at 2110 hrs Kenosha County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the 8000 block of CTH A /7th St with Somers Fire and Rescue in the Town of Somers for a crash involving an Amtrak train and a Jeep Cherokee. Initial reports indicate that a Jeep Cherokee was traveling eastbound on CTH A as the northbound train approached. The Jeep Cherokee did not initially slow or attempt to stop for the lights and crossing gates according to witnesses. When the Jeep did attempt to stop it was too late. The vehicle slid on the snow covered and slippery road about 150 feet off the road, through the ditch and up onto the train tracks. The driver was the only occupant of the Jeep. The driver was fatally injured in the crash. The driver’s name is being withheld pending notification of family members. There were 89 passengers on the train with three crew members. No one on the train reported any injury. Buses were brought in to remove the passengers. The train was heading from Chicago to Milwaukee. Other Amtrak service is being disrupted by this crash for at least a few hours.