SIOUX CENTER—A 61-year-old Hawarden man escaped serious injury when his vehicle got stuck on railroad tracks about 1:05 a.m. Monday, Nov. 4, north of Seventh Street Northwest in Sioux Center.
David Wayne Vander Feen drove off the gravel road leading to the town dump and got his 2001 Chevrolet Lumina stuck on the train tracks, according to the Sioux Center Police Department.
A northbound BNSF Railway train was unable to stop in time and struck the vehicle.
Vander Feen’s was able to exit the car before the initial collision.
The vehicle was pushed down the tracks and struck a railroad switch.
Vander Feen was transported by the Sioux Center Ambulance to Sioux Center Health.
The Chevrolet received an estimated $10,000 damage.
The BNSF train engine received an estimated $1,000 damage and the railroad switch received an estimated $5,000 damage.