(Richville, Minnesota – June 26, 2011)
A 23-year-old Minnesota mother was injured, but her two-year-old daughter escaped injury when their Dodge Ram pickup truck was struck by a Canadian Pacific freight train at a dangerous, unguarded Rail crossing near Richville, MN just before 6:00 P.M. late Sunday afternoon.
Ashley Gordon of Perham, MN, was driving north on South Marion Drive in Ottertail County with her daughter when she stopped at the crossing, equipped with passive railroad crossbuck signs, and then proceeded to cross the tracks only to be hit by the train she said she neither heard nor saw.
The impact on the driver’s side of the truck caused the vehicle to overturn and come to rest in a ditch near the tracks. Both mother and daughter were properly secured with seat belts and safety harnesses. Gordon was transported by ambulance to Perham Memorial Hospital in Fergus Falls, MN for treatment of her injuries.