Anniversary nears for Amtrak tragedy

March 14, 2019

It’s been 20 years since Bourbonnais and Kankakee County endured one of the worst tragedies in the history of the region.

On the evening of March 15, 1999, a semi-trailer truck collided with the southbound Amtrak train famously known as City of New Orleans.

The collision took place at the McKnight Road railroad crossing, and among the 198 passengers and a crew of 17, the horrific wreck left 11 people dead and 122 seriously injured.

The somber anniversary of the event comes Friday, and in anticipation, the Daily Journal will publish stories related to the incident on Thursday. Included will be an update on survivors and information regarding what steps have been taken to ensure it never happens again.

Then, on Saturday, the village of Bourbonnais will hold a memorial service to commemorate the event and the victims. It will begin at 1 p.m. at Memorial Gardens, located at the corner of Illinois Route 102 and U.S. Route 45/52 (131 S. Main St.)

Coverage of the service will be included in the Monday edition of the Daily Journal.