KIESTER, Minn. (WCCO) — A 55-year-old Wells, Minn. man is in critical condition after the snow plow he was in was hit by a train, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the crash happened Friday afternoon along Highway 22 in Kiester, Minn., which is southwest of Albert Lea.

The snow plow was hit on its passenger side by a Union Pacific Train at an intersection that does have lights and an audible alarm, but no stop arms.

The train pushed the plow three-fourths of a mile before it was able to stop.

The plow driver, who has been identified as Bradley Bruegger, was air lifted to the hospital.

The crash is being investigated.

Comments (9)
  1. Swamp Rat says:

    How did this happen? Train Whistles are loud and shrill. Didn’t the snowplow driver hear or seen the train? Never heard of a snowplow getting tangled up with a train. Hope the snowplow driver is okay.

    Let’s hope WCCO follows this story up. Trains and vehicles don’t mix!

    1. just me says:

      The plow driver was probably plowing (blade against pavement=loud) and I’m sure it’s not whisper quiet in the cab. Could be logical that as he was plowing & the snow was blowing back towards the cab and to the distant right of the truck (passenger side). If the train came from the right, he’d have no way of knowing what was coming. The article says he was hit on the passenger side of the truck. Makes perfect sense to me. Hope he recovers soon.

  2. Billy says:

    I never did believe in accidents. I don’t think accidents just happen.

    I do believe in stupidity , ignorance and people not paying attention.

    1. @Bil says:

      You walk this earth so you should believe in accidents, because your conception one of the worst ever.

    2. Sonjay says:

      The best part of you dripped down your mother’s leg! Damn those accidents!

  3. OOPS says:

    There are stupid people who dont believe in accidents until something bad happens to them.

  4. Ain't got time to be searched says:

    Leave it to them professional drivers. Snow was blowing up in the face of the driver so he couldn’t see what was coming? I hate to monday morning quarterback the guy, but wouldn’t it make sense that if you can’t see where you’re going, maybe you ought to slow down a bit so you CAN see where you’re going, or what’s coming towards you? And aren’t you taught from day one to look both ways when coming to a RR crossing, just in case?

    I to believe that there really isn’t such a thing as an accident. The State Patrol stopped calling them accident’s, they call them “crashes” now, as 99.9% of the time, crashes are man-made caused problems. Either speed, inattentiveness, etc. caused the crash.

  5. chinwhiskers says:

    I have no more facts than any of the other “experts” who have jumped in, but just maybe, what if, he actually stopped for the train and just happened to get the blade a wee bit farther forward than he thought was safe & got hooked by the passing train? Ever make a consciencious miscalculation??

  6. paddy cannon says:

    just me, i suspect your summary is close to what happened. any whistle witnesses? other than the engineer and crew or the plow driver? run an equipment check on the engine…which is sop. thank goodness the train that hit the plow was not bnsf. enough said. hope for speedy recovery for the injured driver.

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