No reported injuries after vehicle, train collide in Norfolk
Nobody was injured after an SUV and a train collided Wednesday morning in Norfolk. Norfolk Police Capt. Chad Reiman said the police division was dispatched to the area of Seventh Street and Phillip Avenue at 8:48 a.m. for a report of a crash involving a vehicle and train.
Reiman said the SUV was westbound on Phillip Avenue when the driver failed to yield. The southbound Nebraska Central Railroad train T-boned the SUV, sending the vehicle onto the west side of the tracks. The collision caused extensive damage to the SUV, as part of the passenger side of the vehicle was caved in.
Reiman wasn’t immediately sure how many people were inside the vehicle at the time of the crash. “(The driver) is lucky he made it to (the west) side as opposed to getting carried down the track,” Reiman said. Trains passing through Norfolk typically travel at a low rate of speed.
While the exact speed of the train at the time of the collision wasn’t immediately known, Reiman estimated it was traveling around 10 mph.
“Obviously because of the low speed, it’s not as bad as it could have been,” he said.
A tow truck removed the SUV around 9:20 a.m., and the train was moving again shortly thereafter.