Iowa - Trains and cars in accidents don’t mix.
In this next case there is a railroad crossing, a train and a 2004 XTR Xtrerra. As you can certainly imagine it's not the train that loses this fight. It appears a passenger in the car, Francisco Huerta-Duran was fatally injured; or so says the report. Apparently he was totally ejected; he was 53-years-old. Miraculously the driver was not killed. The officer's narrative is below and essentially describes this car-train accident this way: Whenever you approach a railroad-road crossing you have to stop, look and listen before attempting to cross the tracks. Fail to hesitate and yield and the costs can be the ultimate price. We wish the car driver well in his recovery and hope the train's engineer is fine. (Jose Davis-Rivera, Webster City, Iowa)
VEHICLE #1 WAS SOUTH BOUND EXITING THE PARKING LOT AT MARY ANN'S SPECIALTY FOODS AND APPROACHED THE ILLINOIS CENTRAL GULF RAILROAD CROSSING THAT HAD STOP SIGNS BUT NO CROSSING ARMS. VEHICLE #1 FAILED TO STOP AND YIELD THE RIGHT OF WAY TO A WEST BOUND TRAIN. VEHICLE #1 WAS STRUCK ON THE DRIVER SIDE BY THE WEST BOUND TRAIN AT THE CROSSING AND A PASSENGER INSIDE THE VEHICLE WAS EJECTED. VEHICLE #1 WAS PUSHED TO THE NORTH WEST DITCH TO IT'S FINAL RESTING PLACE. THE DRIVER OF VEHICLE #1 WAS AIRLIFTED BY MERCY -ONE TO MERCY HOSPITAL IN DES MOINES. THE PASSENGER WHO WAS EJECTED WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD BY THE HAMILTON COUNTY MEDICAL EXAMINER. THE TRAIN ENGINEER AND CONDUCTOR WERE NOT INJURED. CHARGES ARE PENDING COMPLETION OF TI REPORT.
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