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Train collides with snowplow near Oxford

Two Johnson County road employees were injured when the snow plow they were driving was struck by a train Thursday, Feb. 11, at the intersection of Lower Oxford Road and Chambers Avenue east of Oxford.

According to the Iowa State Patrol accident report, Dustin R. Tippie, 29, North Liberty was driving a snowplow on Chambers Avenue at approximately 12:11 p.m. He crossed the railroad tacks and was struck by a westbound Iowa Interstate Railroad train unit 1. The snowplow was pushed on its side on the north side of the track. The train stopped a quarter of a mile west of the interchange. The report states the cross bucks were working. It is unknown why the sand truck was in the crossing at this time. The investigation continues.

Tippie and a passenger in the snowplow, Thomas Villhauer, 48, Oxford, were both transported to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

This is the third time two months a train has collided with a vehicle. On Tuesday, Feb. 9,a train struck a pickup truck just outside of Tiffin at the Jasper Avenue crossing, about eight miles down the track from Thursday’s accident. Two people in the pickup truck were injured and taken to UIHC for treatment of injuries.

Tuesday, Jan. 5, a train struck a pickup truck on the Iowa-Johnson County Road a mile and a half east of Homestead. The driver was extricated from the vehicle and transported to the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics by AirCare.






UPDATED February 16, 2010 2:30 PM

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