The Vermilion County Coroner, Jane McFadden said Dennis D. Washingon, 25, of Danville, was killed Friday afternoon in a vehicle accident with a train on West Newell Road this afternoon as Dennis D. Washington. An autopsy was scheduled for Saturday.
Capt. Mike Hartshoen of the Vermilion County Sheriff's Department said the fatal crash occurred on West Newell Road at the CSX railroad crossing about 2 p.m. Friday
Witness accounts indicate that a car was traveling westbound on West Newell Road, approaching the CSX railroad crossing, according to a release from Hartshorn. The warning lights at the crossing were flashing, the gates were down and multiple witnesses heard the train sounding its horn.
Washington's vehicle proceeded around the crossing gates and onto the railroad tracks, where it was struck by a southbound freight train. Washngton, the vehicle's only occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Vermilion County Sheriff’s Office and the Vermilion County Coroner’s office continue to investigate the crash.