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Spanish Daily Journal
     March 18, 2019      #49-77 sdj 0
 
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For the past 13 years, McKnight Road has been closed at the railroad crossing where a crash between a flatbed truck and an Amtrak train killed 11 people and injured more than 120 others on March 15, 1999. On the other side of the tracks flies an American flag that marks the Nucor Steel plant.
Our readers speak 20 years after the Amtrak disaster

March 15 is a day never to be forgotten in Kankakee County.

On that date in 1999, 11 people were killed and more than 120 were injured when an Amtrak train collided with a semi-truck at McKnight Road in Bourbonnais.

When the disaster struck at 9:48 p.m., the community awoke into action, knowing they would never forget what they saw, heard and felt that night. Twenty years later, the county still remembers that fateful evening and everything that came next.

The Daily Journal asked readers a simple question on social media last week: What were you doing on March 15 in 1999? “Tell us how ...

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For the past 13 years, McKnight Road has been closed at the railroad crossing where a crash between a flatbed truck and an Amtrak train killed 11 people and injured more than 120 others on March 15, 1999. On the other side of the tracks flies an American flag that marks the Nucor Steel plant.