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Truck and train collide

March 12, 2013
By JOE SUTTER (lifestyle@messengernews.net) , Messenger News

DUNCOMBE - There were no serious injuries in a collision between a pickup truck and a train Monday morning, according to the Iowa State Patrol.

Hannah Gronbach, 17, of Duncombe, was driving the truck at about 10 a.m. with passenger Anthony McFarland when she failed to stop for the train at a gravel road crossing at the intersection of 220th Street and Samson Avenue west of Duncombe, said State Trooper Brenda Rinard.

"She said she looked one way, and no train. She looked to the left and it was too late. She couldn't stop, and she was hit by the train," Rinard said.

The train was traveling east at 40 miles per hour, carrying 173 cars loaded with coal, she said.

Gronbach had been traveling west, but turned north to cross the tracks, said Webster County Sheriff Jim Stubbs.

Gronbach and McFarland were taken to Trinity Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, said Rinard.

McFarland was in stable condition as of Monday afternoon at the hospital; Gronbach was not listed as a patient.

 
 

 

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