PANA, ILLINOIS (June 14, 2017) – John Castle, an 89 year old man, was sadly identified as one of the five victims killed in a tragic train accident on 1800 County Road on Wednesday evening, according to a local news source. (map)
The accident happened on County Road 1800, near the intersection with Route 16. Around 7 pm, a car carrying 5 senior citizens attempted to cross the tracks heading south, and were struck on the driver’s side of the car by a freight train.
89 year old John Castle was tragically pronounced dead as a result of the accident. The other four people inside the van were also killed in the accident, and have been identified as Herbert Castle, Nell Castle, Mary Castle, and Mary Pugsley. Three of the five were pronounced dead at the scene, and two were rushed to area hospitals where they tragically succumbed to their injuries as well. The accident remains under open investigation to determine cause and liability, however initial reports indicate the crossing was not equipped with gate arms or warning lights.
“The thoughts and prayers of everyone at our firm are with the family and friends of John Castle. This is a horrible tragedy, and there are no words that are adequate to express our sorrow in this time of loss. Losing a loved one is always difficult, and we pray those affected are able to find some peace,” said the attorneys from West Alliance Injury Lawyers.
We at West Alliance Injury Lawyers extend our sincerest sympathies to the family of the victim in this tragic accident. We are so sorry for your loss. While we do handle personal injury cases, we write these blogs as an informative measure, to alert families that they may have a wrongful death claim. Choosing an attorney is a personal decision, and one we respect entirely. We would like the opportunity to help you through this difficult time. With decades of experience in the field of accidents, we are prepared to handle everything for you so that you do not have to worry about anything during this time of mourning. Gathering police and coroner’s reports, talking with insurance companies, and filing claims on your behalf are just some of the duties we would like to take off your shoulders. If you are interested, please call us today at (877) 864-6664. We are here to help you.