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Date: 03/15/19 07:11
20 years ago today...
Author: PC1974

March 15, 1999 The "City of New Orleans" crashes into a steel truck at a protected grade crossing in Bourbonaise, IL. Eleven are killed. The wreck is blamed on the truck driver, who was driving on a suspended license and had only 3 hours sleep in the previous 24.

Time passes by so quickly. Monument is near a Dairy Queen close to entrance to Olivet Nazareth University where US 52 cuts off Main St at a weird junction... Too cold and rainy today to drive down for a Blizzard at the DQ.... For my spring todo list.



Date: 03/15/19 09:31
Re: 20 years ago today...
Author: andersonb109

What happened to the driver? He should have at least gotten a manslaughter sentence if not murder 2. 



Date: 03/15/19 10:22
Re: 20 years ago today...
Author: stevelv

andersonb109 Wrote:
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> What happened to the driver? He should have at
> least gotten a manslaughter sentence if not murder
> 2. 

A bunch of stuff on Google about the incident.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1999_Bourbonnais,_Illinois,_train_crash
https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/accidentreports/reports/rar0201.pdf
https://www.usdeadlyevents.com/1999-march-15-amtrak-train-and-truck-collision-grade-crossing-bourbonnais-il-11/



Date: 03/15/19 10:37
Re: 20 years ago today...
Author: bh35226

Here is a link to the Monuments. There are several in Bourbonais.
http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM2HH3_1999_City_of_New_Orleans_Amtrak_Crash_Memorial_Bourbonnais_IL

And a link to Wiki telling about the accident and the aftermath.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1999_Bourbonnais,_Illinois,_train_crash


I was there to help the next day and it was a terrible thing to see.

Bob



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