On Tuesday, Sept. 11, at approximately 6:30 a.m. on 5th St. SW in Rockford Township (just west of the County Rd. 33 and Highway 55 intersection) a garbage truck belonging to Veolia Environmental Services was involved in a collision with a Canadian Pacific train.
It is believed the driver of the truck, Sean Conway, 41, met the train unexpectedly while trying to access 5th St. at a crossing that is not gated and does not alert motorists with lights.
Conway was airlifted by ambulance to Mercy Hospital for what were believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
Attempts to stop the train were made but, according to Canadian Pacific officials, the distance (less than a mile) was too short to secure a full stop with a fully loaded train.
The incident remains under investigation.