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1 dead, 1 injured in Rudd train accident

Posted on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 at 7:48 am    

One person was killed and another injured after their truck was pushed by a train in Rudd last Saturday morning.

According to Iowa State Patrol, truck passenger Brian Leckness, 32, died on the spot and truck driver Gary Eilers, 73, was critically injured after their pickup truck did not yield at a railroad crossing and crossed a set of train tracks as the train was coming. As a result, the train pushed their truck nearly a quarter of mile, causing it to end up on 6th Street. The victims were first admitted to Mercy Medical Center in North Iowa, then
transferred to Mayo Clinic in Rochester.

Unfortunately, this tragic event that took place April 20 illustrates all too well how dangerous train crossings can be and the need for safe driving. Our condolences from the legal team at Leehey Olson Law, P.C., go out to all the family and loved ones of those involved in this accident.

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