found that John Stokes did not drive around lowered gates at McKnight Road
Crossing in Bourbonnais, IL, he still faces prison for logbook and hours-of-service
violations in connection with the 1999 crash with Amtrak's City of New Orleans
train, according to the Kankakee, IL, Daily Journal.
The investigator's report,
buried in the seventh paragraph of the Journal's story, said warning lights
and signals at the gates were malfunctioning. As a result, prosecutors did
not proceed with reckless homicide charges againstStokes, of Manteno, IL.
Instead, the state's attorney general has indicted Stokes on one count of
willful violation of maximum driving time and one count of willful violation
of driver's record of duty status, both Class 4 felonies. For each count,
the sentence could be one to three years in prison.
The March 15, 1999, crash
between Stokes' rig and the City of New Orleans train injured more than 100
and killed 11 passengers.