Woman killed after Amtrak train strikes SUV in Macoupin County

BRIGHTON, Ill. - A woman was killed in a crash involving an Amtrak train  Wednesday night in Brighton, Illinois.

Police say Melanie Adams-Swearengen, 35, attempted to cross the railroad tracks near Route 111 and Main Street, in an area where there was no crossing.

As Adams-Swearengen drove her Acura SUV over the tracks around 10:30 p.m., the vehicle got hung up.

Adams-Swearengen's husband said she had just started a new job in the area where the crash occurred and had just dropped off a friend where there was construction on the train tracks. He said he was on the phone with her when her GPS announced there was no defined route available for her to get home.

He said she told him that she was going to turn her car around. When she did, her car got stuck on the tracks. He said  that he could hear the rev of the engine in an effort to dislodge the vehicle. He said she said that she planned to call AAA and call him back, but never did.

An Amtrak train, traveling southbound, struck the SUV before she could get clear of the area. Investigators said Adams-Swearengen was ejected.

Forty-four passengers were on the train at the time. One passenger was taken to an Alton hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Her cause of death is pending toxicology results. A funeral home has not been selected at this time.

Adams-Swearengen was a prominent St. Louis attorney with a 9-month-old. She was a former guest on the Fox 2 9 A.M. Show in February to promote the Casino Night for United Cerebral Palsy Heartland Chapter, where she served on its board of directors.