Driver airlifted to hospital after train, truck crash near New Prague


A truck driver has been flown to the hospital after colliding with a freight train north of New Prague, Minnesota, Tuesday afternoon.


FOX 9 reports the collision occurred near the intersection of Highway 21 and County Road 2 just after 2 p.m.

Sheriff's officials told the TV station that a 30-year-old Cottage Grove man driving a cement truck was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center with burns and minor injuries.

According to KSTP, the driver of the truck was pulled from it and loaded onto an air care helicopter.

A witness told KSTP that the truck was pulling a flatbed trailer, and that the truck cab had been "separated right off the frame" by the impact.

FOX 9 reporter Jonathan Choe reports the Union Pacific train was hauling grain, with no hazardous materials on board. Authorities told him that the truck driver had waited at a stop sign before driving onto the tracks, where it was struck by the train.

Union Pacific operates on 646 miles of railroad in Minnesota, mainly in the south and southeast of the state, according to its website.

This story will be updated with more information as it arrives.

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