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Train, Sprayer Collision

(Remsen) -- A sprayer applicator collided with a train on Tuesday evening at about 6:00 p.m. sending the driver of the sprayer to be life flighted to Mercy Hospital in Sioux City. The accident took place near 160th Street and Sunset Avenue, about a mile north of Highway 3.  30 year old David Keffeler of Remsen was operating a John Deere self propelled sprayer.  He was approaching a railroad crossing and did not see a westbound Canadian National Train. The sprayer ended in the west ditch.  Keffeler was ejected from the sprayer. The train applied its emergency braking prior to impact in order to slow the train.  The sprayer was listed as a total loss valued at $265,000.  The train sustained over $10,000 in damage to the locomotive.  Witnesses to the accident say trees may have obstructed the view of the on coming train.  The railroad crossing did not have warning lights or a cross arm. The train's engineer did not have any injuries.  Assisting at the scene were the Plymouth County Sheriff's Department, Remsen Fire, Remsen Ambulance, Remsen Police, Marcus Police, Marcus Ambulance, and the Iowa State Highway Patrol.  

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