36-year-old Joseph Tillery was killed Monday morning when the pick up truck he was driving collided with a westbound Amtrak train on Highway 118 near Hitch Boulevard at the Peach Hill Soils crossing, the Ventura County Star reports.
Tillery’s car was pushed a quarter mile down the tracks after being broadsided by the Amtrak surfliner train, which was carrying 125 passengers at the time of the crash. There were no injuries reported onboard the train.
The Peach Tree Soils crossing, which is a private railroad crossing with no signals or railroad gates, had already been scheduled to receive public funding to improve the crossing’s safety –including installing devices to warn drivers who cross the tracks of oncoming trains. According to the Ventura County Transportation Commission, two other private railroad crossings have already been improved thanks to public funding in the past five years.
This is a terrible tragedy and I offer my deepest sympathies to Mr. Tillery’s loved ones in this time of loss.
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