Woman, 3 kids hurt in car-train crash

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen Fort Dodge Police officer Matt Meyer and Webster County Deputy Derek Christie talk with members of the Canadian National Railroad crew that was operating an eastbound train Saturday afternoon when it collided with a southbound SUV at the Racine Avenue grade crossing. According to Webster County Sheriff's deputy Josh Van Waes, four people described as a mother and her three children were injured in the accident. One of the injured, a child, was taken from the scene by UnityPoint LifeFlight air ambulance. Crews from both Vincent and Fort Dodge Fire Departments, Fort Dodge Police, Webster County Sheriff's department, Trinity Regional Medical Center and the Iowa State Patrol responded to the accident which was reported at 3:24 p.m. The investigation into the accident has been turned over to the Iowa State Patrol. Train crews had to split the train at the grade crossing to allow rescue workers access. The train crew was not injured. Names and condition of the injured were not available at press time.

A woman and her three children were injured when an SUV collided with a train at a grade crossing southeast of Fort Dodge Saturday afternoon.

The names of the injured were not disclosed.

According to Webster County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Van Waes, four people described as a mother and her three children were injured in the accident on Racine Avenue.

One of the injured, a child, was taken from the scene by UnityPoint Health — LifeFlight air ambulance to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center with unknown injuries. The helicopter landed in a nearby bean field.

The other three were transported to Trinity by ground ambulances.

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen Rescue workers load one of the victims of a car versus vehicle crash into a UnityPoint Health LifeFlight air ambulance Saturday afternoon in a soybean field near the collision. Four individuals were injured in the accident.

Van Waes said that later one of the injured was airlifted from Trinity to an undisclosed hospital.

The extent of the injures was not disclosed.

A Canadian National Railroad crew was operating the eastbound train when it collided with the southbound SUV at the Racine Avenue grade crossing.

Train crews had to split the train at the grade crossing to allow rescue workers access to the damaged SUV.

The crossing is marked with railroad crossbucks and yield signs. It is not marked with electronic signals or crossing gates.

-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen Rescue workers, including both the Fort Dodge and Vincent Fire Departments, remove two of the injured in a vehicle versus train collision Saturday afternoon on Racine Avenue at the Canadian National Railroad grade crossing. Four people were injured in the accident.

Crews from both Vincent and Fort Dodge fire departments, Fort Dodge police, the Webster County Sheriff’s Department, UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center and the Iowa State Patrol responded to the accident, which was reported at 3:24 p.m.

The investigation into the accident has been turned over to the Iowa State Patrol.

The train crew was not injured.

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