YORK, N.D. — A Burlington Northern freight train sheared a grain trailer on a semi in half in a collision near York, N.D., around 12:35 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol said the semi driver suffered injuries and was taken to the Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby. The BNSF train crew was uninjured.
The semi driver, Joseph Hendrix, 35, was traveling from a Benson County farm when the highway patrol said he failed to stop at a railroad crossing about 1.5 miles west of York, or about 20 miles southeast of Rugby. The gravel roadway was compacted with ice and snow at the time.
The force of the collision cut the grain trailer in half, the patrol said. The semi cab and half of the trailer came to rest on the south side of the tracks while the other half of the trailer landed on the north side.
Hendrix was taken by ambulance to Rugby with injuries that weren't life-threatening. The highway patrol said he was cited for driving under suspension and failure to stop at a railroad crossing.
The train was heading southeast towing 72 cars from Minot to Dilworth, Minn. The crash blocked the 47th Avenue intersection near York for more than four hours because of the investigation and cleanup, said the patrol.
The train remained on the track and was able to continue on to Dilworth after the crash scene was cleared.
The patrol will continue to investigate the collision.