TRAIN DERAILED AFTER BEING STRUCK BY SEMI

Train derailed after being struck by semi

A semi driver is in the hospital after the rig he was driving hit a train Monday morning (7/20) south of Eddyville.  The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened around 8:10am, when they received a call of a semi hitting a train at the railroad crossing on Wapello-Monroe Road.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, the driver of the semi failed to yield at the crossing and hit a Burlington Northern coal train.  Several cars on the train were derailed.  The Sheriff’s Office says the semi driver was airlifted to a Des Moines hospital; no word on the driver’s condition.  The accident is under investigation.

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