Amtrak train hits vehicle north of Carbondale: Carterville woman treated for non-life-threatening injuries

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 Dustin Duncan
Carbondale Times

A Carterville woman was taken to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after her vehicle was hit by an Amtrak train just north of Carbondale, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities say Monique Leonard, 48, of Carterville, was driving a 2010 Honda Accord west across the railroad tracks at about 2:35 p.m. Wednesday when she collided with the train heading south into Carbondale. The crash occurred at the intersection of Helms Road, south of De Soto. Leonard was taken to Memorial Hospital of Carbondale for non-life-threatening injuries. Police say she was wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash.

According to the sheriff's office, the vehicle sustained major damage and pieces of the car were thrown south from the intersection. The intersection was marked with railroad crossing signs on both of east and west sides of the tracks.

Police say a portion of the railroad track was shut down during the investigation, and repairs were needed on the train in order for it to reach the Carbondale Amtrak station.

Officials with Amtrak said there were 32 passengers on the train at the time of the crash and there were no injuries to passengers or employees as of Thursday morning.