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Truck-train crash near Meriden injures Minnesota man

Thursday, April 22, 2010

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On Tuesday, a truck driven by 42 year-old Junzhi Xiao of Little Canada, Minn. collided with a freight train on Iowa Highway 3 west of Meriden. Xiao was seriously injured, and was transported by helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Sioux City. Photo by Chris Reed
The Cherokee County Sheriff's Department reported that on Tuesday at approximately 11:15 a.m. a single unit refrigerator box truck owned by New Metro Trucking of New Hope, Minn. and driven by Junzhi Xiao, 42, of Little Canada, Minn. was traveling west on Iowa Highway 3 and K Ave. in Cherokee County just west of Meriden.

Xiao reportedly entered the railroad crossing and collided head-on with a freight train, owned by Chicago Central Railway. The train was traveling east bound.

This railroad-crossing has flashing red signal lights.

According to the Cherokee County Sheriff's Department, Xiao was "incapacitated" and was transported by helicopter to Mercy Hospital in Sioux City.

Train operator Steve Voss was reported uninjured and minor damage was done to the train.

Total damage was done to the vehicle driven by Xiao and extensive damage was done to the railroad signals. Estimated damage cost to the railroad signals was $100,000, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Xiao's condition is unknown.


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The existance of crossing lights in no way ensure against accidents. The possibilities of failure, atmospheric conditions (sun), depth perception, etc., make them far inferior to gated crossings.

-- Posted by railfan on Mon, May 2, 2011, at 5:40 PM


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