A truck, a train, a planter and a van

Monday, March 13, 2006

William Scott, 44, of North Charleston, S.C., crawls into his semi-truck after his flatbed trailer, carrying a van and a planter, was struck by a westbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe train about four miles west of McCook at 1:30 p.m., Sunday. Nebraska State Patrol Trooper Doug Petty reports that Scott was northbound and came to the U.S. Highway 6&34 stop sign at the Dove Trail crossing when the train struck the right rear axle of the trailer, swinging the trailer north of the tracks and pulling the trailer and the semi-truck into the south ditch of the highway. Petty said BNSF Engineer Delton Young of McCook watched the truck start to cross the railroad tracks and activated the train's horn several times. No one was injured; Scott was wearing his lap/shoulder belt. Petty reported severe damage to the right side of Scott's trailer and damage to the front end of the train. Assisting Petty at the scene were Harold Pearson of McCook, who was the conductor on the train, and members of the Red Willow County's Sheriff's Office and the Red Willow Western Rural Fire Department.

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