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Accident Causes One Million Dollars In Damage To Railroad Truck, Injures Driver

O'BrienSheriff obriensheriff O'Brien SheriffRitter, Iowa — An accident near the Ritter derailment site caused a million dollars in damage to a railroad truck and equipment and injured the truck driver on Monday, March 4.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 6:35 AM, 47-year-old Charles Stone of Douglasville, Georgia, was driving a 2009 Volvo semi truck and was northbound in the 2800 mile of Northwest Boulevard, or Old Highway 60, a little over 3 miles northeast of Sheldon. Due to icy conditions, Stone lost control and the truck entered the west ditch, causing it to roll over onto its top. The truck Stone was driving was a specialized equipment truck used to work on the railroad tracks and had attached equipment.

The report says Stone had QUOTE “possible injuries”, but he had been wearing vehicle safety restraints.

The railroad vehicle & equipment sustained an estimated one million dollars in damage.

The derailment happened four days earlier, on February 28.

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