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No injuries in train/tractor incident

Published: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 10:25 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 1:11 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — The North Main Street railroad crossing in Princeton was closed Sunday morning following an incident involving a freight train and a city-owned small tractor removing snow at the train station.

On Monday, Princeton Police Tom Root said the incident happened about 8 a.m. Sunday when a city employee was clearing snow from the walk at the Amtrak depot and apparently didn't see the approaching, slow-moving freight train. The snow removal bucket clipped the side of the train, spinning the tractor around. The train engineer was able to stop the train, which blocked the North Main Street crossing.

Princeton officers were stationed on North Main Street to reroute traffic away from the railroad crossing for a couple hours, Root said. The other railroad crossings in town were not blocked and people used those crossings, he said.

There were no injuries reported and only minor damage to the city equipment, Root said.

BNSF investigators were called to the site to investigate before the freight train could be moved.

During that time, there was an Amtrak passenger train scheduled to stop in Princeton, but the passengers were unloaded at the Railroad Avenue crossing and then shuttled to the train depot by Bureau Putnam Area Rural Transit (BPART) services, Root said.

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