Railroad News

Wisconsin Motorist Killed in Train Derailment

(Marinette County, Wisconsin – December 15, 2021)

A local Marinette County victim was killed in a train derailment at around 11:17 am on December 15, 2021, on U.S. Highway 141 in the Town of Pound, Wisconsin.  The Marinette County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim of the fatal train derailment as 58-year-old Steven Buss from Kaukauna.

According to the sheriff’s office, an Escanaba & Lake Superior train was crossing the four-lane highway from east to west. A loaded tanker semi full of fuel had stopped in the right northbound lane and a large service van had stopped in the left northbound lane. Officials say shortly after, out of the fog, a dump truck hit the service van from behind forcing the van under the train. Another dump truck then reportedly impacted the first dump truck and also impacted the train. The force of the collision caused the train to derail and completely blocked both northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 141.

The drivers of both dump trucks were injured and taken to the hospital for treatment.