A semi-truck driver has died following a crash involving a train in rural northeastern Missouri. The accident occurred on Sunday afternoon near the town of Madison in Monroe County, which is situated around 150 miles (241 kilometers) northwest of St. Louis.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the driver, identified as Russell Minnis, 65, hailing from Higbee, Missouri, was traveling on U.S. 24 and failed to stop at a train track that was equipped with a crossbar, warning light and bell. The accident resulted in his death at the scene.
The collision involved a Norfolk Southern locomotive that was already crossing the highway, causing several containers to derail. However, there were no hazardous materials involved, a Norfolk Southern spokesman confirmed.
The accident forced the closure of a section of the highway, although a reopening date was not immediately available. Further details of the incident are currently under investigation.