A railroad employee was transported to the hospital after a freight train crashed into the forklift the employee was operating Tuesday afternoon near Lake Bluff, police said.
The Libertyville Fire Department and Lake County Sheriff’s Office responded around 1 p.m. Tuesday to the 28500 block of North Arcadia Road in unincorporated Lake Bluff.
Lake County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Christopher Covelli said a call was made for a train and forklift crash.
Deputies arrived to find an injured person and a forklift rolled over after being hit by a train.
Sheriff’s deputies determined the driver of the forklift, a railroad employee, was likely waived to move across the tracks, Covelli said.
There was a northbound freight train that was in the area when the forklift began to move across the tracks.
The train struck the forklift, causing the forklift to roll over onto its side, Covelli said.
The operator of the forklift sustained a head injury during the crash.
Covelli said the operator was transported by ambulance to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office turned the scene over to Canadian Pacific Railroad Police for further investigation.