One Person Killed in Train Collision

One Person Killed in Train Collision

By Justin Pazera. CREATED May 20, 2013

Blair, NE -- Neither the Harrison County Iowa Sheriff's Office nor Union Pacific are saying anything about the victim, just that the 911 call came Monday afternoon that someone was hit by a train. When Action 3 News arrived on scene, investigators were concentrating on the Far East side of the bridge. Volunteer fire fighters were also walking the area with bio hazard bags. A business owner who's been in the area for decades says he's never seen anyone walk the tracks and believes the whole situation is odd.

Jim Ryan owns Kelly Ryan Equipment. "Somebody had to be doing something they shouldn't have really, walking on the railroad," said Ryan. "As they said there's some railroad work going on but those guys aren't going to be up on the tracks. They know the trains are coming."   

The incident was most likely caught on camera. Union Pacific surveillance cameras are mounted above the tracks looking toward the impact area. The company also says it will review the "event recorder", a camera mounted on the front of the train that was sure to record the incident. Union Pacific says it will offer counseling for the conductor and engineer on board the train.