WILMINGTON EMERGENCY PERSONNEL had the Kankakee River Drive Union Pacific crossing in Wilmington closed for several hours on Friday, July 12, after a southbound Amtrak train struck a westbound pickup truck. The driver of the truck was killed in the crash.
The lone occupant of a pickup truck was killed early Friday evening, after his vehicle was struck by an Amtrak train at the Kankakee River Drive, Wilmington, crossing.
Douglas J. Koren, 30, of Diamond, was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:32 p.m. by Will County coroner Patrick K. O'Neil.
According to the Wilmington Police Department, Koren was westbound on Kankakee River Drive in a red Ford F150 extended cab pickup truck about 6:30 p.m. when struck by the train, which was southbound, headed from Chicago to St. Louis.
Koren was the only occupant of the truck, which was verified when the Grundy County Sheriff's Department notified the family.
Detective Matt Kiebles of the Wilmington Police Department reported the train carried four crew members and 271 passengers, none of whom were reported to be injured.
An investigation conducted by the Wilmington and Channahon Police Departments indicated the crossing lights had been activated and that the train was traveling at the approved speed of 64.9 mph.
The truck was carried about 200 yards down the track before the train was able to stop. A tow truck recovered the vehicle using Stewart Street for access. Accident reconstruction was completed and emergency personnel released from the scene about four hours after responding.
Amtrak and the Union Pacific Railroad ensured that the train was in good operating condition before it was allowed to continue on its way. Railway personnel did some minor repairs where the train came to rest, but did not require extended closure of the line.
An autopsy was conducted on Saturday. The official determination of Koren's cause and manner of death is pending toxicology results.
Koren was the owner and operator of Nick's Construction. He is survived by his wife Nikki and three sons; Nicholas, Nolan and Joey. Visitation for Koren was held in Joliet on Tuesday. Services will be held privately. The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to his family for his sons' education.