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    Train Hits Semi, Derails Near Winfield, MO

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    Train Hits Semi, Derails Near Winfield
    created: 11/28/2007 1:50:58 PM
    updated: 11/28/2007 2:58:10 PM

    KSDK - Police are on the scene of a collision between a train and a tractor-trailer.

    It happened Wednesday afternoon near Winfield, near the intersection of Highway 79 and Lincoln County Route N.

    Part of the freight train, a Burlington-Northern train, came off the tracks.

    Officials say they know of two injuries, but they weren't sure how serious the injuries are.

    It was not immediately clear what caused the collision. Both Highway 79 and Route N were closed.
    http://www.ksdk.com/news/news_articl...storyid=135395


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    Trucker still critical after collision with train
    11/29/07
    WINFIELD A South Dakota truck driver who pulled into the path of a freight train Wednesday in Lincoln County remained in critical condition today, authorities said.

    "The truck did not stop, it just kept coming and it happened pretty quickly," Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Al Nothum said. "It was a pretty powerful impact."

    The crash was reported at 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, north of Highway N.

    Mike Green, 42, of Wilmot, S.D., was driving the empty flatbed tractor-trailer for Deutsch Trucking, also of South Dakota.



    Green pulled in front of the train owned by BNSF Railway, Nothum said. The crossing has a sign but no lights or gates. The engineer sounded the train's horn, but the truck failed to stop and the train hit the truck on its passenger side, Nothum said.

    "It sounded like dynamite going off," said Nettie Altman, 29, who was inside her home just south of the crash when it occurred.

    The train pushed the truck almost three-quarters of a mile. Green was ejected, Nothum said. A helicopter took Green to St. John's Mercy Medical Center in Creve Coeur.

    A hospital spokesman this morning said Green remains in critical condition.

    The collision shut down a portion of Highway 79 for about an hour. It happened just north of Main Street in Winfield, which is about 50 miles northwest of St. Louis.

    An unknown amount of diesel fuel from the truck's tanks spilled into a small creek that eventually enters the Mississippi River, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources said. The railroad and Deutsch Trucking contacted an environmental contractor to clean up the spill.
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    Duh, "Where did that train come from?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnocomot View Post
    Duh, "Where did that train come from?"
    Witnesses are saying the train didn't sound its horn until a few seconds before impact.

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    It doesn't matter when the train sounded the horn. Whenever you cross any railroad tracks, you have the responsibility to ensure that they are clear before you cross. No matter how many times it happens, there is simply no excuse for a truck, or any other vehicle, being hit by a train. Whenever that happens, unless the truck has gotten high centered on the tracks, or a car that has stalled on the tracks, the driver of the vehicle is immediately at fault. In those rare instances, the first thing you do is get out of the vehicle. Trains run on tracks, always have, always will. That simple little fact makes it very easy for a driver to avoid them.

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