Train clips front of semi-truck

A Fremont man escaped injury when a freight train clipped the front of his semi-truck Tuesday.
Becky Vargo
Jan 8, 2014

Emergency crews responded at 12:02 p.m. to Chicago Drive east of 64th Avenue when the CSX train hit the truck.

Bruce Petersen, 64, was exiting a business in the 6000 block of Chicago Drive and stopped at the railroad tracks, but part of the engine portion of the cab extended over the tracks, said Sgt. Steve Austin of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

The truck driver said in the whiteout conditions, he could not see or hear the train approaching. He was also concentrating on traffic on Chicago Drive.

Austin said the engineer on the CSX train applied all emergency braking equipment, but was unable to stop.

The train was 41 cars long.



Preventable. Just for everyones information though, if you are within 4' of the nearest running rail, you are considered to be fouling the track. Trains overhang the rails by quite a bit.

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