Garbage truck collides with train in Rockford Township

A refuse truck, attempting to gain access to a road in Rockford Township, collided with a Canadian Pacific train. This crash did not result in life-threatening injuries.

A refuse truck, attempting to gain access to a road in Rockford Township, collided with a Canadian Pacific train. This crash did not result in life-threatening injuries.

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.

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