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UPDATE: Man rescued from semi after train collision in Sioux City

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A train and tanker truck collide on the tracks.

That accident happened in Sioux City's the Leeds neighborhood.

The call came in around seven o'clock.

A train was traveling from the north when it met a semi-tanker being driven across the tracks next to Jolly Time Popcorn.

Matt Mosher lives two homes away, and was outside when the crash happened.

"I heard the train sounding the horn, and then all of a sudden I heard a huge bang.  Come around the corner, and that is what I seen. I immediately called 911. It was hissing real bad," described Mosher, who was talk by the 911 operator to back away from the scene because of the potentially hazardous material inside the tanker.

Authorities said the tanker flipped on impact, crushing the cab, and trapping the driver inside.  Rescue crews cut the cab of the semi open to free him.

The driver managed to wave a hand in the air to the 50 or so onlookers, signaling that he was okay.

Police say he was taken to a local hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

"Girlfriend's behind him in a second car. Train sounds its horn, has all of its functions and lights working.  Semi driver either didn't see the train, at this time that's all we can assume, didn't see the train.  Pulled out in front and was struck by the train in the cab of the semi," explained officer Tyler Hartwell of the Sioux City Police Department.

A white piece of the truck hung from the front of the train after the collision.

The truck was carrying fertilizer, which crews had to remove before clearing the tanker away.

 

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