Driver suffers minor injuries after truck hit by train in Polk County

The truck driver sustained minor injuries. The crash is under investigation.

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POLK COUNTY — A truck was hit by a train on Tuesday, Nov. 29, in rural Polk County, south of Winger.

According to a press release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, authorities were dispatched at 9:13 a.m. to the crash, which occurred near 460th Avenue Southeast and Highway 59.

A Freightliner box truck stopped too close to the train tracks, the release says, and was hit by a Canadian Pacific train traveling south.

The truck sustained disabling damage and was towed.

The driver, 58-year-old Gerald Robbins of Circle Pines, Minnesota, sustained minor injuries. He was transferred to the hospital in Mahnomen County. According to the release, authorities believe he was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.


Agencies that responded to the crash include the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota State Patrol, Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office and Mahnomen County Ambulance.

The crash is under investigation and no further information will be released at this time.

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