Another train-versus-truck accident occurred last week in the Seymour area, this time at a railroad crossing on Box School Loop about two miles west of Seymour.
In the 12:08 p.m. collision, a 1998 Ford FT8501 10-wheel feed truck owned by the Marshfield MFA was driving north over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) crossing when it was struck was a westbound General Electric BNSF locomotive, which knocked the cab of the feed truck off of the chassis on impact, then the driver of the truck was thrown from its cab to the ground.
The driver, 45-year-old Amy M. Poisson of Niangua, was seriously injured in the train-truck collision, Trooper Austin James of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said in his radio report.
“The crash occurred when the driver (of the feed truck) failed to yield to (the BNSF locomotive) and traveled onto the railroad tracks past the railroad signs,” James said in his report, adding that Poisson was ejected after the train struck her feed truck.
The chassis, engine and feed bed of the MFA feed truck were dragged about 700 feet before the westbound BNSF train could stop.
After the accident, Yates Boys Towing removed the truck from the BNSF engine; however, before this was accomplished, a cable from the tow truck was snapped.
Witnesses at the scene, including Seymour Police Chief Steven Pogue, who was second to arrive, said Poisson was conscious and coherent, as well as able to answer questions from law enforcement before she was taken by ambulance to Cox Medical Center South in Springfield.
Before she was transported, Poisson’s family was notified about the accident by emergency responders.
“I think everyone at the scene is very optimistic that the driver of the truck (Poisson) will survive and ultimately recover,” Pogue said. “I know there are hundreds, if not thousands, of prayers for her from throughout Seymour and Webster County, and our prayers also need to be given for the train driver, as I know these types of accidents also have an impact on their lives.”
The driver of the train, 39-year-old Peter H. Rauch of Clever, wasn’t injured, per the patrol’s report.