Akron woman survives train-pickup collision

Posted June 5, 2013 at 10:15 pm

At 8:19 a.m., May 31, an Akron woman sustained injuries when her pickup collided with a train on 200th Street, between Juniper and Kestrel Avenues, just west of the Wells’ Dairy Inc. corporate headquarters in rural Le Mars.

According to Iowa State Patrol reports, Carrie Jane Pfeil, 43, of Akron was eastbound on 200th Street, which is a gravel road, and did not see the train because the morning sun was in her eyes. Nor did she hear the train until just prior to the crash. Her 2010 Dodge pickup struck the right front corner of the lead locomotive of the train owned by Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad.

The train stopped approximately one-half mile south of the crossing and Pfeil’s pickup came to rest beside the tracks in the southwest corner of the intersection.

Pfeil, who had non-life-threatening injuries, was transported from the scene to Floyd Valley Hospital by Le Mars Ambulance Service and then flown to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

The pickup was a total loss while the locomotive received about $3,000 in damages.

The Iowa State Patrol was assisted by the Le Mars Police Department and the Le Mars Fire & Rescue Department.

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