Car-train Accident Claims Life


By Connie Weight

Grand Island police confirm a car-train accident west of the city has claimed one woman's life.

Just before seven Saturday night on the railroad intersection of Husker Highway and Highway 30, a white minivan was traveling Northwest when it crossed the tracks.

The van was met by a speeding train, and struck behind the driver's side door, the van was then dragged several feet before coming to a stop.

A GIPD officer was assisting another motorist when he heard several warning blasts from the
train's conductor.

Officials say all the warning signs are there for a reason, and accidents like this can be avoided.

"You know obviously the message has been sent numerous times before that trains cannot stop in a timely manner, so the railroad crossing arms are there for a reason, with all the warning signs and flashing lights," said GIPD's Sgt. Tony Keiper.

Identification of the driver has not been made due to notification of next of kin.

Train traffic had been stopped and the tracks closed due to accident reconstruction and
damage to the engine.