KristensLaw Reports on Southern IL Deaths

A married couple were killed friday (8/18/06) when their southbound pick up truck was struck by an eastbound CSX freight train just south of Collinsville, IL. The driver Susan Irions 45 and husband Dale 49 of Waterloo, IL. were pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Clair County Coroner.

The accident occured around noon at the crossing on Radar Ranch road. This crossing location does not have warning lights or safety gates and it appears Susan's vision may have been obstructed by the dense wooded surroundings. Witnesses say they did not hear any train whistle prior to the collision. KristensLaw, after viewing photos of the accident scene can only conclude neither the train or truck spotted each other until it was too late.

Records indicate this is the third fatal accident at this location in the past 18 years. So as the death toll mounts we must wonder how a specific railroad crossing location continues to take lives, yet no safety measures (gates/lights) are taken to correct the problem. If you have the resources to build a railway over a road or a road over a railway, why does the work so often fall short of installing proper safety gates and warning lights at the new crossings.

KristensLaw has learned in this instance the land adjacent to the tracks was privately owned and according to state law there are no requirements for owners to post any type of a simple warning sign, let alone gates or lights.

The Irion's were popular horse trainers and well respected in their profession. Dale was a member of the HBPA, (Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association) a former jockey and trainer at The Fairmont Race Track. His wife Sue worked as a trainer for many racehorses at the Collinsville Park. The well loved couple are survived by their three children, Daughter Heather and sons Cody and Jeremy.

Challis Dale Irion Jr. june 8, 1957 to august 18, 2006

Susan L. Irion april 28, 1961 to august 18, 2006


T.E.A.R.S., KristensLaw, Kristens family and growing support groups everywhere express there deepest sympathies to the Irion's Family.

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