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Plow driver, engineer unhurt in local accident

Sheriff: Plow driver skidded on ice and struck train

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST
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(Alex T. Paschal/apaschal@saukvalley.com)
A Harmon Township snowplow received moderate damaged during an accident with a Union Pacific train early Tuesday afternoon on Coon Road in rural Lee County.

ROCK FALLS – No injuries were reported after a Harmon Township snowplow struck a Union Pacific train Tuesday afternoon east of Rock Falls.

Lee County Sheriff John Varga said a call came in around 12:15 p.m. to report the collision between a plow and a train on Coon Road near Schilpp Road. The crash site is just east of the Lee-Whiteside county line.

Varga said the plow driver couldn’t stop on the ice and skidded into the train. There was no damage to the train and only minimal damage to the plow on the front on the driver’s side.

The driver of the plow refused treatment, Varga said, as did the train’s conductor and engineer.

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