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UPDATE: Sheriff says locomotive video shows pickup driver did not see train coming

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NEAR ALBERT LEA, Minn. (KTTC) -

After reviewing video of the train-pickup collision November 23 shot by a camera on Union Pacific's locomotive, Freeborn County Sheriff Kurt Freitag said Monday the pickup truck driver apparently did not see the freight train coming down the tracks at the rural crossing.

The collision happened at the Union Pacific crossing at 770th Avenue southeast of Albert Lea about 7 p.m. on Thanksgiving evening.  The driver of the pickup struck by the train, Owen Stuart, 20, was airlifted to Mayo Clinic-Saint Marys and was hospitalized overnight.

The sheriff said he reviewed all the available evidence with deputies who were on the scene, including the video of the crash itself made available by Union Pacific to sheriff's investigators.

"It appears the driver, Owen Stuart, slowed down approaching the crossing, then continued through as if he didn't see the train coming," said Sheriff Freitag. 

The Union Pacific line heads southeast of Albert Lea toward Glenville and on to Mason City, generally running alongside Highway 65 most of the way.  There are stop signs at the 770th Avenue rail crossing but no crossing arms that would drop as a train approaches as are common in more heavily-traveled areas.


The Freeborn County Sheriff's office released the name of the man involved in the crash.

20 year old Owen Stuart of Albert Lea is the man involved in the incident.

Stuart was released from the hospital Friday afternoon with only minor injuries, according to the sheriff's office.

The crash is still under investigation, but the sheriff's office believes alcohol was not a factor in the collision.


A truck and train collided late Thursday afternoon in Freeborn County, sending one person to the hospital in Rochester.

The Freeborn County Sheriff's Office says the crash happened after a man in a truck tried to beat a train. 

It happened on Highway 65 near mile marker 308.

Emergency crews transported the man in the truck to Mayo Clinic - St. Mary's in Rochester via helicopter.

He was the only person in the truck.

Responders on scene told KTTC the man was speaking.

A Union Pacific crew remained on scene to work on the train.

This is a developing story. KTTC will update it as more information becomes available.

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