UPDATE: Driver killed in train, semi-trailer collision identified
Nebraska State Patrol has identified the driver killed in a train and semi-trailer collision Friday near Hastings.
NSP said 68-year-old Alan Lanham of Ravenna was killed in the crash. Troopers said he was heading south in a semi-trailer on Heartland Avenue when he failed to yield to the train. The train was traveling eastbound at the time of the accident.
The train was able to stop roughly half a mile later. The Adams County Sheriff's Office confirmed the rails on the track have been snapped. The track itself will have to undergo major repairs. It is also confirmed that it was a BNSF train, and that two engines and three train cars were derailed.
The train was heading from Denver to Chicago with a total of 68 empty train cars when the accident occurred. The derailed cars will be removed so that BNSF investigators and the NSP reconstruction team can examine the snapped track.
There will be multiple road closures associated with the accident, as well. Heartland Avenue is being barricaded one mile north and one mile south around Highway 6 to the tracks where the accident occurred, and Rd. 318 to Highway 6 is also barricaded,.
Maxon Ave., between Rd. 318 and Highway 6 is also closed off. They are all North/South roads.
The accident took place about four miles east of Hastings near Highway 6.
The Clay County Sheriff's Office, Adams County Sheriff's Office, Nebraska State Patrol and Hastings Fire and Rescue responded to the crash. Crews were expected to remain on scene until the morning hours.