A degraded “crossing” may be behind last week’s death in Hillsboro, IL James Traylor 38
of nearby Litchfield was killed Thursday night when his van was struck by a Union Pacific Freight
train. It appears Traylor was surprised by the train, like many rural areas no safety gates, lights or
warning devices were present at the location. It appears Traylor was headed east on Grandpoint Ln.
approaching Illinois Route 16 when he swerved and got hung up on the rails. The southbound freight
hit Traylor as he was exiting the vehicle. The densely wooded area most likely kept the train hidden
from view until it was too late. KristensLaw is investigating the crossing’s history as well as who
exactly owns or is responsible for this land. The State of Illinois does not require private landowners
to maintain railroad crossings or to erect any type of warning devices as to an oncoming train.
T.E.A.R.S., KristensLaw, Kristens family and growing support groups everywhere express there deepest sympathies to the Traylor's Family.