According to a report, at about 3:44 PM Sunday, August 11th, a 2007 Pontiac driven by 23 year-old Natasha Ann Duryee of Litle Cedar, Iowa was traveling west on Highway 9 just east of Ulmus Avenue when she failed to yield to the railroad crossing at that location.
Duryee’s vehicle struck a Canadian Pacific Railroad locomotive that was in motion, traveling at about 35-40 miles per hour.
The collision caused Duryee’s vehicle to impact the guardrail on the north side of Hwy. 9. Her vehicle came to rest facing north with its front end in contact with the guardrail. The train stopped with its last car a couple of feet north of the traveled portion of the road. The locomotives were pulling 14 empty cars.
Upon arrival, a state patrol officer observed all signals at the intersection to be working properly.
Witness statements indicated that the signals were properly working at the time of the accident. Signals at the crossing consisted of flashing red lights, crossbucks, and an audible signal bell.
Injured in the collision was Abby Marie Rice, age 1. She was taken by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Mason City. The child was in a child seat, the report indicated. Natasha Ann Duryee also was injured and taken to Mercy with undisclosed injuries.
Duryee’s vehicle was totalled; the locomotive received $5,000 in estimated damage.