Tuesday, May 31, 2016
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Pick up Truck Collides With Train

(Le Mars) -- The crash of a Burlington Northern - Santa Fe train and a pickup truck earlier this morning (Friday) sent one person to the hospital.  43 year old Carrie Pfeil  of Akron was driving a 2010 Dodge pickup as she was east-bound crossing the tracks about two miles southwest of Le Mars on 200th Street when she collided with the south-bound train shortly after 8:00 a.m.  The  train was carrying tanker cars filled with crude oil.  The train hit the truck, spinning it around shattering the truck's engine, and in the process pushing it off the crossing.  The truck is listed as a total loss.  The train did not have any leakage from its load, and was determined by train officials that it could continue its journey.  Pfeil was extricated by Le Mars Fire and Rescue Department and was transported to Floyd Valley hospital, then airlifted to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.  She was conscious at the time of the rescue, and had suffered injuries, although non life threatening.   The Iowa Highway Patrol is continuing its investigation.


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