Watch: Train Hits City Owned Heavy Equipment

By Ellis Codjoe, April 03, 2017

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Update (12:10): The Iowa State Patrol reports that the driver of the loader, 58 year-old Scott Allan Jones of Ottumwa has been transfered to the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines with critical injuries.

Troopers say that even though the lead locomotives are owned by the Burlington Northern Santa-Fe Railroad (BNSF), the train was being operated by the Canadian Pacific Railway at the time of the incident.

The Iowa State Patrol is on scene investigating the incident. They say the train will be moved to reopen the BNSF mainline and Quincy Avenue crossing sometime this afternoon.

Original Article:  An accident, early Monday morning, between a train and a city owned piece of heavy equipment sent one person to the hospital.

Authorities rushed to the railroad crossing on Gateway Drive at around 8:45 Monday.

A Canadian Pacific train was approaching the crossing when a City of Ottumwa Sewer Department owned loader went into the crossing.

The railroad crossing has no flashing lights or crossing arms to protect traffic.

The driver of the loader was transported to the Ottumwa Regional Health Center with unknown injuries. Witnesses who arrived shortly after the accident say that the driver was out and moving around before firefighters and paramedics arrived.

Because the accident involved city owned equipment, the incident will be investigated by the Iowa State Patrol.

The incident forced two railways to temporarily shut down operations. The lead locomotive stopped on the junction between the Canadian Pacific line which runs across Turkey Island and the BNSF mainline which runs through downtown.

The railway crossings at Gateway Drive and Quincy Avenue appear to be the only crossing blocked by the incident.

The accident remains under investigation. Ottumwa Police Officers couldn’t comment about what circumstances led to the crash.

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