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Train hits construction truck in Knapp

KNAPP – According to the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office, on Tuesday, September 16 at 1:02 p.m. the Dunn County 911 Center received a report of a motor vehicle crash involving a train and a vehicle.

The location given was on County Road Q just north of Highway 12 on the west end of Knapp.

 Officers from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the scene as well as a trooper from the Wisconsin State Patrol, Boyceville Ambulance Service and the Boyceville Fire Department.

Upon arrival, they learned that a flat bed truck owned by a construction company had been east bound on Highway 12 and turned north on to County Road Q.

When the driver was about to cross the railroad tracks, he noticed the flashing railroad lights and looked to his left to check for an approaching train. As he did, he was struck by an east bound Union Pacific train.

The truck was struck approximately in the middle and slid sideways until the front end caught a railroad control box. The truck then spun around and off the tracks rolling on to the driver’s side.

The train was only three cars long and it stopped a short distance to the east from that intersection.

A witness to the crash reported that the lights were flashing, the bells were ringing and the train sounded its horn prior to the crash.

The driver of the construction truck was 27-year-old Austen Dahl of West Salem, Wisconsin. He was treated and transported to Mayo Clinic in Menomonie and later released with non-life threatening injuries.