MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Police in Faribault say a train conductor and an SUV driver have been airlifted to a hospital after a collision Friday morning.

According to police, the incident occurred shortly before 9:19 a.m. on 2nd Avenue and 14th Street NW near Faribault Woolen Mills.

Police say an initial investigation indicates the SUV was driving southbound with one occupant when it rear-ended a train backing across 2nd Avenue.

A conductor at the rear of the train was injured, as well as the driver of the SUV. The SUV driver, who authorities identified as 49-year-old Shan Roehrick, needed to be extricated from the vehicle.

The railroad employee who was also injured in the incident was identified as 26-year-old Damien North-O’Brien. He was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. Roehrick was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.

Both were flown to trauma centers.

The investigation is ongoing.

(credit: CBS)

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