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Indiana Amtrak crash injures 14

REYNOLDS, Ind. —Fourteen people onboard an Amtrak train were injured today (Tues) when the train traveling from Indianapolis to Chicago collided with a semitrailer that crossed into its path.

White County, Indiana Sheriff Pat Shafer said the injuries were not life-threatening. The injured people were taken to local hospitals.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says no one aboard the Hoosier State line suffered serious or life-threatening injuries. The collision happened about 25 miles north of Lafayette, near Reynolds.
Magliari says the train was carrying 56 passengers and three crew members.

Sheriff Shafer says the collision occurred about 8:20 am when the northbound train struck a semitrailer at a rural crossing along U.S. 421.

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Electrical problem closes KCC campus ‘til Noon

The KCC campus is closed this (Tuesday) morning due to a utility outage. Work crews are on the job repairing an electrical problem. The main campus will be closed until Noon.

The South Extension Center (The Harold & Jean Miner Center) at Watseka and the North Extension Center at Bradley are not affected. They are open for regular class activities.

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Motorcycle crash kills Paxton man

A Sunday afternoon motorcycle crash in Ford County killed a Paxton man.

58-year-old Jeffrey Wilson suffered blunt force trauma when his southbound cycle ran off Route 45 at County Road 550 N., according to Sheriff's Police. Wilson was pronounced dead at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City.

Wilson was not wearing a helmet. Toxicology tests are pending.

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Kentland Airport gains new runway

The Kentland Municipal Airport has a brand new runway, thanks to a $2-million grant.

The Newton County, IN airport was originally built with a 3,500-foot runway. Officials decided to extend it to 4,000 feet, which will accommodate larger private jets.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday afternoon to showcase the improvements.

Airport Manager Charles Classen said the improvements will allow better access to Newton County.
Classen explained, "runway length was an insurance issue, keeping larger aircraft away. Now, we have the runway length to meet their criteria." Hopefully, he said, "we can begin to entice them back."
The runway project had been in the works for seven years. Construction took about a month and a half.

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Two dead in separate shootings in Kankakee County

Two weekend shootings in Kankakee County; two men shot to death in separate incidents.

A shooting early Saturday at a tavern on Route 114 left a St. Anne man dead. 24-year-old Tashon Jones died at the hospital. Details about the shooting were not available.

Kankakee City Police investigated a fatal shooting early Sunday. This was in the 200-block of N. Evergreen Avenue. 20-year-old Johann Rowe of Kankakee was killed.

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