AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) — A high school senior who was off from school on a snow day has died in a truck-train crash near Austin in southern Minnesota.

He was identified Wednesday as 18-year-old Joe Lewison, of Rose Creek. He died when the pickup he was driving crashed into a train on Mower County Road 4 near U.S. Highway 218, four miles south of Austin, around 11:45 a.m. Tuesday.

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Lewison was a senior at Pacelli High School in Austin, which was closed Tuesday due to the wintry weather across southern Minnesota. He was the only person in the truck.

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Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi says icy road conditions played a role in the collision.

Although the railroad crossing has stop signs and railroad crossing signs, it does not have gates or lights.

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