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Northeast Iowa School Bus Too Close to Tracks When Hit by Train

Officials have released more details from a collision between a school bus and a train Tuesday morning in northeast Iowa.

The Winneshiek County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday involving a Postville School District bus and a train in Bloomfield Township, between Postville and Castalia. Two students and the bus driver, 63-year-old Kelly Livingood of Postville, were the only three individuals on the bus. 

Livingood stopped the bus near the marked railroad crossing, but the front of the bus was too close to the train tracks and was struck by the Canadian Pacific (CP) train engine, which was eastbound pulling tanker cars at about 30 mph. The bus was then pushed off the gravel road.

Officials say the students were checked out by emergency services and taken by ambulance to Winneshiek Medical Center in Decorah, where they  were later released with minor injuries. Livingood was taken by private vehicle for medical evaluation in Decorah. There were no injuries to the crew on the CP train.

The Postville School bus was a total loss while the train sustained minor damage.

Winneshiek County First Responders, Castalia Fire Department, Calmar Police, Iowa State Patrol, Winneshiek Ambulance Service, Postville School District, a CP Roadmaster, CP Police Services and Reggie’s Towing also responded to the crash, which remains under investigation. 


Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA
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