TOLUCA, IL A freight train
hit a garbage truck Friday near Toluca, killing a driver from Streator and
injuring the train's engineer.
Dwayne A. Wilinski, 29, was pronounced dead Friday morning on Marshall County Road 2900 East.
The engineer, G.E. Hailey, 48, of Fort Madison, Iowa, was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Streator with minor injuries.
The Marshall County coroner's office and the Burlington-Northern-Sante Fe Railroad are investigating the accident, which occurred around 11 a.m. at the crossing a mile and a half south of Illinois 17.
Wiliniski was driving a southbound truck owned by Illinois Valley Waste Co. when he started crossing the tracks and was struck by the eastbound train.
Reports did not indicate whether the crossing had signs or traffic control devices.
The Marshall County Sheriff's Department responded to the accident, with Toluca Fire and Rescue and the Wenona Ambulance Service assisting at the scene.