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UPDATE: Man Identified in Fatal Train vs. Tractor Crash

May 10, 2018 02:30 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The tractor driver involved in Tuesday's fatal accident has been identified as 59-year-old Brian Nack of Grafton, Iowa.

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According to the Iowa State Patrol incident report, the driver of the tractor failed to yield at the railroad crossing and was ejected when the tractor was hit by the train.  The train dragged both the sprayer and the tractor for several yards before it was able to come to a stop.

The investigation is ongoing.

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There are hundreds of crossings just like it across the Midwest.

On Tuesday morning, it was a sad reminder of just how dangerous they can be.

Near the junction of 350th street and Ulmus avenue northeast of Plymouth, Iowa the tracks of the Canadian Pacific Railroad cross a gravel road at a northeast-to-southwest angle.

Around 8 o’clock Tuesday morning, a southbound tractor pulling a sprayer was crossing the tracks when it was struck by a tank train traveling southwest.

The sprayer took most of the impact, spinning the tractor and it's trailer around and pushing it off the road and into a ditch, killing the driver of the tractor.

The crossing is controlled by stop-signs and cross-bucks, but no electronic devices.

Investigators from the Iowa State Patrol and CP spent most of the day at the scene.

The name of the person killed in the collision has not been released, pending notification of relatives.

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