Train vs. ATV injures two

Two persons were injured Sunday night, Aug. 11, after they jumped off their ATVs, which they were riding on railroad tracks, to avoid being hit by a train. The accident happened near the intersection of Daggert and Salem roads, about 2.5 miles southeast of Mount Carroll. No one on the train, which was hauling 97 empty cars, was hurt and the tracks were closed for just a short time.

Two persons were injured Sunday night, Aug. 11, when the ATV's they were driving collided with a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train near the intersection of Daggert Road and Salem Road, southeast of Mount Carroll.

The Carroll County Sheriff's Department received a call at 8:27 p.m. reporting the accident.

The accident occurred when two ATV's were traveling eastbound on the railroad tracks and the operators did not hear a train approaching behind them, the sheriff's department said in a news release.

Both operators were able to jump from their ATV's just prior to being struck by the train, the release said.

A 16-year-old male subject, whose name was not released due to his age, was taken by Mount Carroll Ambulance to the Law-Jones Funeral Home parking lot in Mount Carroll and airlifted by Medforce Helicopter to a Rockford hospital where he was listed in stable condition Monday.

The second ATV operator, Wade Lindstrom, 41, Thomson, was not initially found and a large search was conducted at the accident scene, according to the news release.

After making contact with a family member, Lindstrom was located several hours later "after our search had been terminated for the evening," said Chief Deputy Ryan Kloepping. "We had exhausted all our resources and had planned on resuming the search when the sun came up."

Lindstrom was taken by Chadwick Ambulance to CGH Medical Center in Sterling where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries, the release said.

Chief Deputy Kloepping said Lindstrom and the 16-year-old are potentially facing criminal charges.

The accident remains under investigation by the Carroll County Sheriff's Department and the BNSF Railroad Police.

Agencies responding to the accident were the Carroll County Sheriff's Department, Mount Carroll Police Department, Jo Daviess County Sheriff's Department, Chadwick Fire and Ambulance, Mount Carroll Fire and Ambulance, Thomson Fire, Shannon Fire, Lanark Fire, Amboy Fire, MABAS Division 29, Medforce Helicopter, Life Flight Helicopter, BNSF and Northwest Body Towing.