UPDATE: Train collides with semi near 70th and Cornhusker

Emergency crews responded Tuesday afternoon to a semi vs. train crash in north Lincoln. 
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN)  — Tuesday afternoon, a semi-truck collided with a train near 70th and Custer Streets.

The crash happened just after 2:45, just south of Cornhusker Hwy. Lincoln Police Officers report that the truck driver was driving southbound in the northbound lanes on 70th Street to access a north lot.

According to the driver, when crossing the tracks his truck stalled. Soon, it began running again, but by that time it was too late. He was hit by a westbound train.

However, the train’s engineer provided a slightly different account of what happened. He claims to have witnessed the ‘arms’ – the white and orange barriers that drop down when a training is coming – had already dropped down before the semi-truck appeared on the tracks.

Thankfully, the engineer put the train into emergency mode to slow it down as fast as possible. He estimated it was still going about 25 mph at the time of the collision.

The truck driver, a 37-year-old, was taken to a nearby hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. He was cited for driving left of center.

The damage to the semi-truck is estimated at $10,000, while the train engine sustained $4,500 in damage.

Emergency crews responded Tuesday afternoon to a semi vs. train crash in north Lincoln.

The crash happened around 2:50 PM at the intersection of 70th and Custer St., just south of Cornhusker Hwy.

Lincoln Fire & Rescue officials on the scene told Channel 8 Eyewitness News the semi truck driver didn’t see the train coming.

The train clipped the semi trailer, which was torn off the cab with enough force that it was left on the opposite side of the tracks, officials said.

One patient was taken to the hospital. Their condition was not immediately clear.

Officials say streets in the area could be shut down for several hours and drivers should avoid the area.





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