(Renville, MN) On Tuesday, just before noon, the Renville County Sheriff’s Office received a call reporting that a semi-tractor trailer had been struck by a train on an at-grade rail crossing at 260th Street, ½ mile north of US Hwy 212. That intersection is two miles east of Renville, MN in Emmet Township.
Deputies and first responders located the semi-tractor trailer on the railroad tracks, about 75 yards east of the railroad crossing.
The driver of the semi, 65-year-old Daniel Albers of Puposky, MN, was treated for minor injuries at the scene and released.
None of the train crew members were injured.
Investigation revealed that the semi-tractor trailer, which was carrying mud from the sugar beet refining process, was traveling south on 260th Street when it was struck by an eastbound Twin Cities & Western locomotive pulling 114 rail cars. Following the collision at the intersection, the train pushed the semi-tractor trailer down the tracks.
No derailment occurred and both the locomotive and the semi-tractor trailer received moderate damage.
The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.