FREMONT – No one was injured in a crash involving a train and a semi-truck Wednesday morning.
According to Douglas County 911 dispatchers, the crash occurred around 8:40 a.m. northwest of Valley. Rescue squads and law enforcement agencies from Waterloo, Valley, State Patrol, and Douglas County Sheriff were quickly on the scene of the accident.
According to authorities, the truck was westbound and turning into Nebraska Turf Products. The railroad crossing is a privately owned grade crossing that is maintained by Union Pacific and does not have crossing arms. The trailer of the semi was struck by the eastbound train, and reports say trailer wreckage and the semi’s load of granular lawn fertilizer remained on the tracks and on the train’s locomotive after the crash.
Law enforcement states the accident was caused by a driver error on the part of the semi, and the man was cited for the violation.
Union Pacific released a statement saying the company is investigating the incident and is also working with local authorities.
No injuries were reported.
Below is a video sent to KHUB and KFMT by Alvin Ploen who was at the scene of the accident when it occurred.