A freight train struck a garbage truck in Wright County shortly before dawn Tuesday, and the truck driver was taken from the scene by air ambulance, authorities said.
The eastbound Canadian Pacific train collided with the truck about 6:30 a.m. at 5th Street SE. in Rockford Township, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The driver was taken to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, and “we are being told that he is in stable condition,” Sheriff’s Capt. Greg Howell said. No crew members were hurt.
The 119-car train was heading into the Twin Cities from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and remained at the scene for several hours while investigators collected evidence, Canadian Pacific spokesman Ed Greenberg said. No cars derailed and none had hazardous materials, Greenberg added.
The train’s crew spotted the truck but could not avoid a collision. “It takes a mile or more to come to a complete stop,” Greenberg said.
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