A man was transported to the hospital in Hettinger after the semi-trailer he was driving was struck by an oncoming train.
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David Pastoors, 56, of Olivia, Minn. was driving a 2014 Kenworth with a trailer when he traveled through the railroad crossing, his condition remains stable. The Adams County Sheriff’s department said he suffered broken ribs and possible damage to his shoulder, but any further information was not available.
None of the crew members working on the train were injured.
The accident occurred about 11 miles west of Hettinger close to Highway 12.
Pastoors was heading north towards the highway when the train hit him near the area between the semi truck and the load he was towing. The train was headed eastbound.
The investigation determined that he was traveling on a gravel township road when he approached the railroad crossing.
After the collision the train pushed the semi about a half a mile east down the tracks.
The semi was towing a gas tank, but at the time of the accident the tank was empty.
Adams County Sheriff Travis Collins said his office was notified of the accident around 4 p.m.
Multiple agencies were dispatched to the scene to assist including Highway Patrol, the Bowman County Sheriff’s department, Reeder and Hettinger Fire Departments along with West River Ambulance.
At the time of this interview Sheriff Collins said it would take hours for the wreckage to be cleaned up and the train moving again.
It was not immediately known if any citations were issued or if they would be in the future.
Highway Patrol took over the investigation.