WCMP Visits With Sheriff Cole About Henriette Train Crash

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 at 6:25 pm

WCMP has visited with Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole about a recent accident in Henriette where a vehicle collided with a moving train at the tracks on MN County Road 11.The accident happened between 1-2pm on Monday, Jan. 24.

Apparently, the train was northbound when a pickup truck headed towards the Henriette crossing lost control, and skidded into the oncoming train. The truck was badly damaged, had only one occupant, and responders had to extricate the man, which Cole said took an extensive amount of time.

The crossing was closed for 8 hours as officials began cleaning up the accident. Cole estimated that the truck had been pushed up to 1/2 mile down the tracks.

The name of the injured man hasn’t been released, but he was flown by helicopter to the Hennipin County Medical Center and his status is unknown at this time.

When given this information by WCMP,  a former Burlington Northern Engineer told us that the train was likely traveling between 45-55 miles per hour.  The engineer said such a thing isn’t uncommon in collisions like this, and he’d seen it happen several times in his 25 years driving trains.

WCMP will continue to monitor this story.


  1. nicole 02/3/11 at 9:54pm

    I always thought the trains were suppose to slow down in towns just like a vehicle we have speed limits maybe the train engineer should do the same

  2. jesse 02/4/11 at 5:52am

    Nicole, from what I gathered, trains can’t slow down that frequently because it takes too much fuel/energy to speed up once more. Through small towns like Henriette, they often never apply their brakes.

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