OWATONNA, Minn. – Authorities in southern Minnesota say five people were hurt after a train collided with a vehicle Wednesday night.
Owatonna Police say it happened near Florence and State Avenues around 11 p.m. Police believe a vehicle being driven by a 30-year-old Faribault man was struck by a Canadian Pacific train traveling westbound. Law enforcement say the driver of the vehicle had four passengers between the ages of 20-24. All of them were injured, including one with a serious head injury.
Police say 3 passengers were airlifted from the scene and are now in Rochester hospitals. Their conditions are unknown.
After investigating, authorities believe the driver of the vehicle ignored flashing red lights at the railroad crossing. There were no crossing arms present at that intersection.