No injuries are reported in an accident involving a Minnesota Northern Railroad locomotive and a 2011 Ford pickup on the West Side of the intersection at the intersection of Highway #32 and Greenwood in Thief River Falls this morning.
According to the initial report; the pickup was stopped partially on the tracks waiting on a red light when it was “clipped” by the train at 8:10am.
Police Chief Dick Wittenberg says the crossing is one of several in the community marked with stop signs but without crossing gates. Wittenberg says those crossings generally host light rail traffic with good visibility, but reminds residents to never stop on the tracks, staying at least 10 feet back, looking carefully on every approach.
The accident blocked traffic for a time although vehicles were again moving normally through the intersection – the accident scene cleared – by 9am this morning.
The driver of the pickup, 48 year old Jared A. Nelson of Thief River Falls, was cited for parking within 10 feet of a railroad crossing.
Minnesota Northern Railroad in a class three shortline headquartered in Crookston, that operates on more than 2 hundred miles of track in Northwest Minnesota.