Truck Driver in Wreck With Train Last Week Dies

The driver of a tanker truck that collided with a freight train in west central Minnesota last week died from his injuries this morning at a St. Cloud hospital.

Six days ago, 45-year-old Eric Westin was transporting anhydrous ammonia from North Dakota to Missouri.  As he crossed the train tracks near Murdock in Swift County, Minnesota, a freight train struck the truck and ruptured the tanker.  The toxic gas was released into the air.

Three BNSF employees suffered minor injuries.

The road was closed for 2 days while crews worked to clean up the wreckage.

The crossing where the accident occurred had stop signs but no gate.

Video Credit: KARE 11

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