• May 23, 2022

Jesus Castrejon Killed, One Injured in Train, Truck Accident on Route 120 in Hainesville, IL

UPDATE (May 25, 2022): Reports identified the man killed in the crash as 41-year-old Jesus Castrejon. Additional details about the crash itself remain unclear.

Hainesville, IL -- May 23, 2022, one person was killed and one person was injured due to an accident where a truck and a train crashed off Route 120.

Investigators reported that the crash took place at around 7:00 a.m. along Route 120 near Hainesville Road.

In reports, officials said that a truck somehow crossed onto the tracks into the path of a Metra Milwaukee District North train heading to Chicago. The train and the truck collided, causing the train to partially derail.

Right now, additional details about the accident are unavailable.

Commentary on Jesus Castrejon Train, Truck Accident in Hainesville

There isn't much information about what happened here, but folks wouldn't be too fr off thinking something like this must be a mistake on the truck driver's part. Quite frankly, that's almost always what leads to these kinds of accidents. However, it would be irresponsible to simply blame one of the victims without actually getting the facts. It's most likely that the truck driver's mistakes led to this crash, but it's not the only possibility.

Jesus Castrejon Train, Truck Accident Hainesville, IL

Sometimes, unusual circumstances can lead to vehicles crossing onto railroad tracks when it's unsafe. Did the truck have some sort of mechanical issue? Was there something wrong with this particular crossing? Did the guards or signals not work? Is there a lack of signage? Is unmaintained overgrowth blocking drivers' views? Was the truck disabled on the tracks, and the train didn't stop when it should have been able to? Did the victim's employer send the victim on a route that wasn't safe for truckers to be on?

Even if some of these possibilities seem unlikely, folks would no doubt agree that getting answers about the loss of a loved one is worth every effort to ensure nothing slips through the cracks. Maybe nothing unusual happened here, but it's important to let the evidence speak for itself.


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