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.READ MORE: St. Paul Man Arrested For Multiple Shootings In St. Cloud
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.READ MORE: Back Together: 30,000 Expected At Stearns County Fair This Weekend
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.MORE NEWS: COVID In Minnesota: State Begins Push To Vaccinate Teens Before School Starts
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