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One injured when train strikes garbage truck near Hull

Posted: Jul. 21, 2014 8:58 pm Updated: Aug. 11, 2014 10:15 pm

A Pittsfield man was hospitalized Monday after the garbage truck he was driving was struck by a train.

Illinois State Police report that Christopher Miller, 43, Pittsfield, was driving a 2005 International garbage truck north on 150th Street in Pike County, about two miles west of Hull. At about 1:19 p.m., the truck was crossing railroad tracks and was struck in the right rear by a Norfolk Southern train pulling 41 train cars. The garbage truck had major damage, was spun around and came to rest in a ditch.

Miller was transported by the Pike County Ambulance to Blessing Hospital in Quincy where he was reported in fair condition Tuesday morning.

Investigating officers said Miller was not wearing a seat belt and was faces charges of disobeying a traffic control device.

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