Winter Weather Brings Disasters to Midwest Railways: Snowplow, Multiple Semis Involved in Separate Collisions

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CHICAGO, IL – This week, winter weather has led to a series of disruptive incidents on Midwest railways, involving a snowplow and a semi-trailer. In Iroquois County, Illinois, a semi-trailer parked near the railroad tracks was unexpectedly hit by a train at the intersection of Washington and Oak Streets in Loda. The driver, 65-year-old Nedra Holder from Fort Wayne, Indiana, and all train passengers were unharmed.

Another incident in LaPorte, Indiana saw a freight train colliding with a snowplow that got stuck at the intersection of 2nd Street and Weller Avenue. The quick-thinking driver evacuated the vehicle in time, averting injuries. A separate Franklin Grove, Illinois, incident involving a tractor-trailer carrying food products, highlight the challenges and dangers posed by winter weather around railroad tracks. 

While there were no serious injuries, these incidents serve as a vital reminder of the importance of safety and vigilance near railways, particularly during adverse winter conditions.

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