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Suburban Will County police say a 64-year-old Coal City man died after his truck was carried by a freight train Monday afternoon.

Authorities say Will County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the scene near Murphy and Cooper Roads in Wilmington Township around 1:20 p.m. Monday.

Authorities say a northbound BNSF freight train hit the van, which was heading west when it was hit.

The truck was pushed more than 150 feet onto the tracks and came to rest upside down.

Police say the man was ejected from the truck and pronounced dead at the scene.

Initial reports from the scene indicate the man may have been stuck in a gravel area on the north side of the crossing when his truck was struck. The Will County Sheriff’s Accident Reconstruction Unit is working at the scene in an attempt to determine the cause of the crash.

The crossing signal, signal bells and crossing barriers were all operational after the crash, authorities said.

NBC Chicago

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