UPDATE: 61-year-old Rockford man identified as victim in fatal semi/train crash

Online Staff Report

Michael L. Burtch, 61, of Rockford, has been identified as the victim in the semi-trailer truck/train crash that occurred around 9:15 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 3, in rural Winnebago County.

Burtch’s truck, which was headed northbound, collided with an eastbound train in the 2700 block of Alworth Road, west of Rockford, in rural Winnebago County.

The Winnebago County Coroner’s Office was notified of the crash at around 9:30 a.m., and by 9:57 a.m., Burtch was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy is expected to be performed tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 4.

The crash is under investigation by Winnebago County Sheriff’s Police.

Posted Dec. 3, 2014

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