A west-bound Canadian Northern Railroad train collided Aug. 22 with a semi heading north on M-21, just west of the elevator in Aurelia. Here, observers watch as a tow truck maneuvers to hook up with the semi cab, which was on the north side of the track. The semi's trailer landed on the south side of the tracks. Photo by Dan Whitney.
AURELIA - The driver of a semitrailer belonging to Smith Transportation of Fort Dodge delivered a load of lumber to Aurelia Lumber early in the afternoon of Aug. 22,2008, then turned his big rig around to head out of the lumber yard and on to county road M-21, traveling north.
As he crossed the railroad tracks, the semi was hit by a westbound Canadian Northern train, separating the truck's cab and flatbed trailer, with the cab ending up on the south side of the tracks and the trailer on the north side. The truck driver, whose identity has not been released, reportedly suffered a head injury, and was tended to on-site by RN Carla Peterson, who is co-owner, with her husband Bruce, of Aurelia Lumber, and just happened to be at the nearby store. The Aurelia Fire and Rescue, Cherokee Regional Medical Center ambulance, Iowa State Patrol, Cherokee County Sheriff's Department, Canadian Northern Railroad employees, Cherokee County Roads Department, Aurelia Electric, Aurelia Public Works Director and the Aurelia Police Department all responded to the accident.
No one on the train was injured, and the driver of the truck was transported to the Cherokee Regional Medical Center by ambulance. His condition is not known at this time.
Towing it away -
A tow truck prepares to tow away the cab of the truck which was struck by a train at the Aurelia crossing on Aug. 22. Photo by Dan Whitney
Surveying the damage -
Deputies from the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department inspect and measure the flatbed of a semi - trailer, which wound up on the south side of the tracks after being hit by a train. Photo by Dan Whitney.