The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department along with the Village of Salem Lakes Fire Department sped to the scene of an accident today, March 28, involving a semi-tractor trailer and freight train at the railroad crossing near the intersection of 104th Street and 268th Court. in Kenosha County.
Personnel from the Canadian National Railway are currently on the scene, assessing and repairing damage to the train before it can be moved.
We are urging residents to avoid the area in order to avoid traffic problems.” – Sgt. Eric Klinkhammer, Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department
According to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s department, a preliminary investigation determined that the semi-tractor trailer driver was attempting to cross the railroad tracks. The trailer which was hauling a piece of construction equipment became lodged on the grade crossing.
The train from the Canadian National Railway was heading southbound on the Canadian National Tracks, and struck the trailer of the semi. Personnel from Canadian National Railway were also at the scene of the crash which occurred around 3 p.m. Tuesday.
A great deal of damage was done to components of the train which require repair prior to moving. “This will result in the extended closure of the railroad crossing on County Highway AH (Camp Lake Road) south of County Highway SA. Residents of the Sunset Oaks Subdivision can exit on 106th Street and 264th Avenue. All other entrances and exits are blocked by the stopped train,” says a release issued by the sheriff’s department.
“We are urging residents to avoid the area in order to avoid traffic problems,” stated sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Eric Klinkhammer.
There have been no injuries reported and no leakage of any of the loads from the train cars. There are no dangers to area residents at this time.