Amtrak crash kills one person in Brownsburg

BROWNSBURG, Ind. — A man died after an Amtrak train struck his pickup truck late Saturday night in Brownsburg.

The crash happened just south of US 136 on County Road 1000 East. The Brownsburg Police Department said the call came in at approximately 11 p.m. The driver of the truck was pronounced dead at the scene; police are still trying to identify the victim and will release those details once next of kin has been notified.

Police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash, but the Brownsburg Fire Department said the crossing arm was down and the flashing lights were operational. They believe the driver tried to go around the crossing arms. Amtrak trains can reach speeds as high as 80 miles per hour and the train wasn’t able to stop in time to avoid the crash, investigators said.

The Amtrak train was on its was back from Chicago to Indianapolis with 39 passengers on board, including Amtrak staff. No passengers on the train were hurt and the train didn’t leave the tracks after the impact.

This was the second commute Amtrak makes from Indianapolis to Chicago every day. All Amtrak trains are equipped with cameras and CBS4 has reached out to Amtrak for a statement and asked for footage of the crash.

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