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Fatal Crash with Train - Williamsfield


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Saturday, February 21st, 2015, 11:13PM The Knox County Sheriff’s Department responded to an accident involving one vehicle and a BNSF train at the crossing on Knox Road 2100E approximately ¼ mile north of Knox Highway 18, just west of Williamsfield.

During the course of the investigation Deputies learned that a pick-up truck belonging to Cole R. Steele was traveling northbound on Knox Road 2100E, hit the crossing arm and then crashed into a westbound train at approximately 10:10PM. 

The accident was not reported until approximately 11:13PM when the damaged truck was discovered on the tracks by an eastbound train.

The two occupants of the truck were identified as:

Andrew B. Stone, 22 years old – Knoxville

Cole R. Steele, 20 years old – rural Gilson. 

Stone was transported to OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

Steele was pronounced dead at the scene by the Knox County Coroner’s Office.

The investigation is continuing.

Sgt. Jason Landers
Investigations Division
Knox County Sheriff’s Department
(309) 345-3887