“Train Collision at Cass County Crossing Injures Minnesota Family”

By | August 3, 2023



The Cass County railroad crossing where a train collided with a tractor-trailer rig was previously identified as needing safety upgrades in a state transportation department document. The Missouri Department of Transportation’s plan mentioned the crossing as a potential site for improvement. The collision, which injured three members of a Minnesota family, occurred when the semi became stuck on the tracks. The investigation is ongoing, and it is unclear if any charges will be filed. This is not the first crash to occur at this crossing, and residents have expressed concerns about its safety. Robert A. Cronkleton, Judy L. Thomas reported

According to a document from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) last year, the railroad crossing in Cass County where a train collided with a tractor-trailer on Tuesday was identified as needing safety improvements. The document, called the January 2022 Highway-Rail Grade Crossing State Action Plan, referred to the intersection as a “humped crossing” and a potential site for an improvement project. MoDOT spokesperson Linda Horn stated that the crossing already has lights and gates, but when asked about addressing the steep grade, she was not aware of any plans. The collision occurred near East 187th Street and Holmes Road, injuring three members of a Minnesota family. The semi-truck was traveling east on 187th Street when it became stuck on the tracks, and a southbound train subsequently struck it. The investigation into the crash is ongoing, and it is too early to determine any potential violations or charges. Another similar crash occurred at the same crossing in June 2021. Karen Templeton, a resident near the crossing, witnessed the collision and had warned the truck driver about the danger. She mentioned that trains frequently pass through the area, and she had seen a previous collision involving an 18-wheeler. The crossing is operated by Kansas City Southern Railway Co., and there are lights and gates installed. The track sees 16 trains passing through daily, with a maximum speed of 59 mph. Templeton also noted that signs were put up after the 2021 crash to warn drivers about the incline, but they have not been effective in preventing accidents..