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Semi hauling fertilizer struck by train in Swift County

DANVERS — A semi hauling liquid fertilizer was struck by a train last night in Danvers.

The driver of semi had non-life-threatening injuries and there was minimal spillage of the fertilizer, according to a press release from Swift County Sheriff John Holtz.

The accident was reported at 10:15 p.m. when semi, driven by Jonathan Peterson, 31, of Milan, was crossing a train track on 80th Avenue Southwest and failed to yield to the train.

The northbound semi was struck on the center of the trailer on the driver's side. Fertilizer barrels were tossed from trailer but only caused minimal spillage, according to Holtz. The front and side of the train engine was also damaged.

Peterson was taken to Benson Hospital with non-life threatening injuries and later released.

The Swift County Sheriff's Office, Appleton Police Department, Danvers Fire Department, Danvers First Responders and Benson Ambulance responded to the accident.

Carolyn Lange

A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers regional news with the West Central Tribune.

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