Train Hits Plow In Kiester 21 Jan 12

A Mn/DOT snow plow driver is in critical condition after his plow was struck by a train on Highway 22 in Kiester Friday afternoon. The plow was reportedly southbound on Highway 22 when it was struck on the passenger side door by an eastbound Union Pacific train. The train is said to have pushed the plow about three-quarters of a mile down the track before stopping. The driver of the plow, 55-year-old Bradley Bruegger of Wells, was flown to St. Mary’s in Rochester following the crash. Investigators say the railroad crossing does not have stop arms, but does have lights and audible signals.  The lights at the train tracks were  knocked out from the crash, and Mn/DOT has reportedly put up temporary stop signs.