No injuries; 3 Peru crossings reopen
A train struck, dragged and destroyed an old, heavy duty pickup that apparently slipped out of gear and rolled down a residential driveway and onto the tracks Friday morning, according to Peru police chief Doug Bernabei.
Cleanup and investigation blocked the crossings at Plain, Putnam and Pike street for five hours after an eastbound Iowa Interstate train struck the pickup on the tracks at 3:17 a.m. about 80 yards west of Plain Street, Bernabei said.
Scholle’s Towing of Peru hauled away the truck, a 1970s-era Ford with a dump bed.
“No one was injured, however the truck sustained significant damage. The leading locomotive, along with a second locomotive and six train cars sustained damage,” a Peru police report read. “After speaking with the operators of the train, it was believed the damaged train cars were empty. A state crash report was completed,”
Kathy Kaufman lives on Center Street on the bluff north of the tracks.
“I didn’t hear anything hit, but I saw all the flashing lights,” said Kaufman, who woke up around 3:30 and saw fire trucks and squad cars and people milling about. “It scared me because there were oil cars.”
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