70,000 pounds of bacon spill in Illinois Amtrak crash
An Amtrak train collided with a semitrailer carrying 70,000 pounds of bacon in Illinois on Friday. The train was passing through Wilmington, southwest of Chicago, when it collided with a truck. The truck was blocking the tracks, though it was not immediately clear why. The trailer of the truck overturned and was split open, with its contents strewn about a grassy embankment. Broken boxes littered the train tracks Friday afternoon as authorities investigated the scene.
There were no reported injuries to the train’s crew or its 203 passengers, but 10 ambulances were called to the scene. Passenger Sam Herwitz said there was an impact followed by confusion when the train stopped and there were no crew announcements for about 20 minutes. The driver of the tractor-trailer, he said, walked away from the crash.
“No one knew exactly what we were supposed to do. We didn’t really know if we’d hit something or we had just done a brake-check kind of thing,” he told NBC Chicago. “The truck that hit the train is in pieces. There’s boxes everywhere. But somehow the driver was OK.”
It is not known if the bacon is salvageable or if there are any rescue efforts in place to “save the bacon.”