Railroad News

Motorist Struck, Dragged And Injured By BNSF Train At Dangerous, Unguarded Crossing

(Hannibal, Missouri – June 23, 2012)

A 66-year-old Hannibal, MO resident received moderate injuries and was hospitalized after his 2006 Mercury Mariner SUV collided with a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train at a dangerous, unguarded crossing leading to a Mississippi River marina just north of Hannibal, MO Saturday afternoon about 3:35 P.M.

James K. Kendrick was attempting to cross at the Scipio Ice House Road intersection with BNSF tracks when a train consisting of two locomotives and two hopper cars struck his vehicle, dragging it some 90 feet before the slow-moving train came to a stop.

The Scipio Ice House Road crossing has only passive signage to “protect” the motoring public from collisions with trains, completely lacking any form of automatic signaling devices, such as flashing lights, bells or crossing gates, whatsoever.

The victim was transported by Marion County EMS to Hannibal Regional Hospital where he was admitted for treatment of undisclosed injuries.