A 23-year-old Onarga man is dead after he was hit by a freight train early Sunday in Iroquois County.
Juan Ochoa was pronounced dead at the scene, about a mile north of Danforth.
Sheriff's Police and the Coroner's Office are investigating. Police report Ochoa was walking southbound on the Canadian National Railroad tracks during the early morning hours. The engineer and conductor on a northbound Norfolk Southern freight train said the train's emergency brake was engaged, the horn sounded several times, and there were verbal commands thru the window of the cab in an attempt to Ochoa avoid the collision.
Danfortn and Ashkum Fire, Riverside Ambulance and Illinois State Police assisted at the scene.
Medical marijuana company applications released by Illinois officials
Five medical marijuana application sites in the State Police District 21 territory are among the applications Illinois officials will review. Figures released Thursday by state officials shows competition among companies seeking state permits to sell and grow medical marijuana.
Each of Illinois' state police districts are allowed one cultivation site. District 21 includes Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford counties.
There were no applications for dispensaries in Ford, Iroquois and Kankakee counties. "Each district will only have one cultivation license. However, with dispensaries, based on population, some districts will be receiving more than one," said Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold.
Once the initial selection process is complete, the state plans a second application period for districts where no qualified applicants were submitted.
Illinois expects to grant 21 permits for growing facilities and up to 60 permits for dispensaries before the end of the year. Marijuana is expected to be available to registered patients in the spring of 2015.
Testimony resumed today in the Livingston County murder trial of Heather Lamie. The 31-year-old Kankakee woman is accused in the death of a four-year-old girl who was in her care in 2011.
Testimony offered Thursday included audio from the phone of Lamie's husband, Joshua. The jury listened to young Kianna Rudesill say she 'hurts herself because she misses her parents.' The recorded audio also has Kianna saying 'she wants to live with the Lamie's forever, because she loves them.'
Closing arguments in the trial are expected Monday.