(Moravia, Iowa – November 5, 2014)
A 51-year-old Blakesburg, Iowa man lost his life last Wednesday at about 10:11 A.M. when the All-Terrain-Vehicle he was driving collided with a Canadian Pacific freight train at the dangerous and unguarded crossing of 260th Place/690th Avenue and CP tracks just south of the unincorporated community of Brompton, IA.
Greg McCoy was pronounced dead at the scene by Monroe County officials when his ATV topped a hill on the road and struck the train broadside before he could stop. The angled crossing is on a country gravel road and has no active protective signals which could have prevented the tragedy.
The CPR train never stopped, continuing on until its crew was contacted by the railroad’s dispatcher after law enforcement officials got in touch with CP at its Ottumwa, IA terminal.
According to Federal Railroad Administration records, a dozen Canadian Pacific freight trains operate across the intersection daily at a maximum allowable speed of 40 mph.