Woman recovering after car-versus-train collision

GIBSON CITY — A rural Gibson City woman remained in fair condition at an Urbana hospital Monday, recovering from injuries she received Friday when the car she was in was struck by a train.

Eleanor Stolz, 79, was a passenger in a 2006 Ford 500 driven by her husband, David W. Stolz, 80, when the car was struck by a Norfolk Southern train about a mile and a half south of Gibson City, according to a crash report from the Ford County Sheriff’s Office.

The accident occurred about 2:15 p.m. when their car was westbound on County Road 200 North, less than a mile east of Illinois 47, and failed to yield to the northbound train, the report said.

As the car crossed the railroad tracks, it was struck in the rear driver’s-side wheel, the report said. Upon impact, the car was thrown into a deep ditch in the northwest corner of the railroad crossing intersection, the report said.

Both David and Eleanor Stolz were transported by ambulance to Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. A hospital spokesman said Monday that David Stolz had been treated and released, while Eleanor Stolz was listed in fair condition.

David Stolz was ticketed for failure to stop for a train or signal. Police said the train had activated its flashing lights and warning horn prior to the collision.

The accident caused more than $1,500 in damage to the train and car.


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