A Remsen, Iowa man was in serious condition Wednesday morning after his self-propelled sprayer struck a train at a rural crossing.
Plymouth County Sheriff's officials say 30-year-old David Keffeler failed to stop at a rural crossing, and hit the train just north of highway 3 near Remsen. The impact knocked the tractor into the ditch and Keffeler was thrown from the cab. He was later airlifted to Mercy Medical.
The intersection doesn't have crossings signs and officials say that can make rural trains especially dangerous.
"People just need to be conscious of the fact that the tracks are there, and there could be a train there at anytime, and just not assume that they're clear to cross. Stop, look both ways, then proceed," said Sgt. Rick Singer, Plymouth County Sheriff.
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