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Five injured in Owatonna collision with train

Posted by: Pam Louwagie Updated: March 13, 2014 - 10:28 AM

Five people were injured in Owatonna late Wednesday their car went through flashing lights at a railroad crossing and was hit by a train.

Owatonna police said a 2007 Chevrolet Impala was heading south on State Ave. NW when it collided with a westbound Canadian Pacific train just before 11 p.m. The driver, a 30-year-old Faribault man, was carrying four passengers ages 20-24. One passenger sustained a head injury and was listed in serious condition Thursday morning. Three passengers were transported to hospitals by air ambulance.

There are no crossing arms at the intersection, according to Owatonna police. Two train crew members on board were not injured.

Police aren’t releasing the names of those involved pending notification of family members.

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