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June 20, 2014

Hillsdale man dies when train hits truck

A Hillsdale man died late Thursday when his pickup truck was hit by a train in rural Vermillion County.

Sheriff Bob Spence reports that William Gilbert, 74, died from injuries he sustained at the accident site on County Road 600 North south of Hillsdale.

Spence said the pickup truck was westbound when Gilbert attempted to cross the narrow and seldom-used crossing. The driver’s side of the truck went off the road and the truck got hung up on the tracks with the northbound train approaching, he said.

Gilbert was able to get out of the truck but didn’t have time to get away before the collision. Spence said that Gilbert lived in the area where the accident occurred.

 

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