On Thursday afternoon, a train loaded with coal on the Union Pacific line in Belle Plaine, collided with a pedestrian at a crossing in Belle Plaine. As the Norfolk Southern engine was in the process of stopping the engineer immediately reported the incident at approximately 2:51 p.m.
The engineer reported that the pedestrian had been on the north side of the tracks. Ambulance and local emergency responders were on the scene within minutes of the call.
The stopping distance for the train was a little more than 15 railroad car lengths. A relief crew out of Clinton was called in to relieve the train crew with the train moving nearly four hours later.
No further information about the accident is available at this time.