Update: Driver in Truck vs. Train Crash Out of Hospital

Update: Driver in Truck vs. Train Crash Out of Hospital Photo: MGN Online.

November 24, 2017 08:39 PM

UPDATE: The driver airlifted to the hospital Thursday night is out of the hospital, according to the Freeborn County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities say Owen Stuart suffered minor injuries.  He did not remember what happened before the crash, and alcohol is not believed to have been involved.


(ABC 6 NEWS) – The Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the driver in a pickup truck that crashed into a Union Pacific train.

According to authorities, 20-year-old Owen Stuart from Albert Lea had to be extricated from his vehicle. Stuart was trapped in his vehicle but was conscious and speaking with first responders on scene. Crews were able to get him out of the vehicle and he was airlifted to Rochester for his injuries.

The call came in on Thursday around 4:45 p.m., near Highway 65 about a mile south of I-35. The collision occurred at the crossing on 770 Ave. just west of Highway 65.

Minnesota State Patrol, Gold Cross Ambulance, Albert Lea Police and Fire, Union Pacific Rail Road Police, and Mayo Clinic all responded to the crash.

The Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office says the incident remains under investigation.



Previous Story:

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- The driver of a pick-up truck was taken to the hospital after the truck was hit by a train in Freeborn County.

Around 4:45 p.m., a Union Pacific train traveling north hit the truck near milepost 249 on Highway 65, according to railroad officials.

Union Pacific and the Freeborn County Sheriff's Office are on scene investigating.

A spokesperson for Union Pacific says train traffic should resume later Thursday evening.

This is a developing story, stay with ABC 6 News for more information as it becomes available.


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