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Marcus teen injured in car-train collision

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

LE MARS - A teen who was injured when a car was struck by a train in Le Mars at 7:37 p.m. Saturday is being treated at a Sioux City hospital.

Krystal Leach, 17, Marcus, is listed in "good" condition, according to a Mercy Medical Center spokeswoman.

Leach was extricated from the 2006 Ford Taurus she was driving, according to a Plymouth County Communication Center report.

The teen was initially taken to Floyd Valley Hospital by Le Mars Ambulance.

Leach was driving south on Business Highway 75 at the same time as a Union Pacific Train was northbound, according to a police press release.

Leach attempted to make a left turn and the car crossed over the railroad tracks on 12th Street Southwest directly in front of the oncoming train, police reported.

The car was struck in the passenger side door area which caused the car to spin and collide with the railroad crossing light pole, according to the authorities.

The train conductor, Dennis Sander, conducted an emergency stop and the train came to a final stop approximately 400 feet north of the intersection of 12th Street Southwest and Highway 75.

Neither Sander or Scott Schiller, a second Union Pacific employee, were injured.

The intersection where the accident occurred is regulated by railroad crossing lights and audible signals which were operational, according to the police report.

There aren't crossing arms for the railroad tracks at the 12th Street Southwest location.

Police were assisted by Le Mars Ambulance, Le Mars Fire-Rescue, the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office and the Union Pacific Railroad.



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