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Semi clipped by train dumps 80,000 lbs of hog feed


Traffic was tied up for several hours this weekend, after a train clipped the back of a semi near Alta, Iowa.

Deputy Bill Sankey of the Buena Vista County Sheriff's Department says it happened at 7:30 in the morning Saturday, two miles east of Alta.

A semi was leaving the Hubbard Feeds feed mill, crossing the tracks on a gravel road to turn onto Highway Seven.

Sankey says because of a visual obstruction in the road, the semi's driver didn't realize that the back end of his trailer was still on the tracks.

He says highway traffic prevented the driver from moving up and entering the roadway.

The Canadian National Railroad train pushed the semi twenty feet, overturning it and spilling out its contents, 80,000 pounds of hog feed.

No one was hurt, but authorities estimate the damage was upwards of $100,000.

Authorities remained on the scene for seven hours, as crews tried to clean up the mess and salvage the hog feed.

Highway Seven stayed open but traffic was slowed down and the gravel road was shut down for several hours.

No citations were issued.                                   


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