OGDEN, Iowa—Two people have been hospitalized as a result of injuries sustained in a car train accident on the west side of Ogden Friday morning. Boone County authorities report that the car was traveling south on “G” Avenue when their car was struck by a west bound Union Pacific freight train. Mark Davis with the Union Pacific says the train was headed from Chicago to North Platte, Nebraska when the accident occurred just a couple of minutes after 8:00 AM. The train struck the driver side and pushed the car abut 60 feet down the track until it spun off. The driver of the car, the father was pinned in the vehicle and the teenage son was able to get out of the car. The son told authorities that he was getting a ride to school and they did not see the train. The father was transported to the high school football field and was flown to Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Officials described his injuries as serious but they believed they were non-life threatening. The son was treated and released from the Boone County Hospital.
Davis said the Union Pacific crew was not injured, but was offered PEER Support which is the U-P counseling program. He says the crossing at “G” Avenue has the cross buck signs and yield signs but no flashing lights. Traffic was stopped for a time on the double line while the crash site was cleaned up. Train traffic began moving again about 10:45. Davis says the locomotives needed to be inspected for damage. He also said investigators would use the locomotive event and Track Image Recorder to review the incident.
Boone County authorities have not officially identified the injured father and son but other media sources have identified them as Jeffrey Thrane and his son Coltan.