Fatal pickup-train collision remains under investigation

Crash happened Sunday near Alburnett

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ALBURNETT — A crash that killed a 44-year-old man on Sunday remains under investigation.

Maj. Gerald Hansel with the Linn County Sheriff’s Office said on Monday that investigators are still trying to determine what led up to the fatal crash.

Authorities said the crash happened at 1:53 p.m. Sunday on Arabian Road near the Canadian National Railroad tracks. The driver — who has not been identified — was driving a 2005 Ford pickup and towing a flatbed trailer westbound on Arabian Road when he drove into the path of a northbound Canadian National freight train, police said.

Hansel said there are railroad crossing signs posted, as well as yield signs for both eastbound and westbound traffic but not flashing lights or cross arms.

The truck caught fire and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

Patrick Waldron, Canadian National Railway senior manager of media relations, said no members of the train crew were injured in the crash. Waldron confirmed the railway is working with the sheriff’s office on the investigation, but had no further information to release at this time.

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