On February 28, 2012, at 11:57 a.m., southbound Amtrak train 301-28,
traveling on Union Pacific Railroad (UP) Springfield Subdivision main track 2,
collided with an eastbound vehicle at the Bissell Street highway-rail grade
crossing (crossing) in Madison, Illinois. Two UP signal employees were working
in the UP warning system signal bungalow for the crossing when the accident
occurred. Locomotive video recorder data indicated that the crossing warning
system did not activate before or during the collision. The vehicle driver died
as a result of the collision.
Amtrak train 301-28 was en route from Chicago, Illinois, to St. Louis,
Missouri. The train did not derail. The train crewmembers and passengers did not
sustain any injuries. Damages were estimated at $3,794. The temperature at the
time of the accident was 48°F with partly cloudy skies and wind from the
southeast at 2 mph.