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Truck Driver Involved in Fatal Amtrak Grade Crossing Collision Gets Jail Time

John R. Stokes, of Manteno, IL, was sentenced in the Illinois State Court to two years in prison for felony charges stemming from a March 1999 collision between a semi-trailer truck driven by Stokes and an Amtrak train near Bourbonnais, IL. Eleven Amtrak passengers were killed in the collision. Stokes was found guilty on August 11, 2004 to charges of violating maximum specified driving times and willful falsification of the driver’s records of duty status. The case was investigated by the OIG in cooperation with FMCSA, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, and the Illinois Police.