Four-year-old has close call with train

There was a close call Wednesday afternoon in Hull, Illinois, as a passing train narrowly missed hitting a four-year-old boy.

The incident happened on the east edge of Hull.

The Pike County Illinois Sheriff's Department says they got a report of a missing boy.

After authorities responded to the Hull area, the chief deputy of the sheriff's department heard a passing train blow it's horn in an usual manner.

The tracks were checked and they found the boy uninjured near where the train passed by.

"And the train suddenly stopped west of town and the conductor got out and stated he saw a young male child east of town, about a quarter mile east of town sitting on the railroad tie - and at that time Chief Deputy Lehr left our area and went to the area where the child was seen at and the child was located by a citizen and released to Chief Deputy Lehr," Sgt. John Pennock with the Pike County Sheriff's Department said.

The child was uninjured in the incident, but he was taken to Blessing Hospital to be checked out.