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Police: No Bells, Signals at Crossing Where Train Hit Pickup

Three people were hospitalized after the car they were in was hit by a train just west of Durant at 8:17 a.m. today.

According to Trooper Byron Nudd of the Iowa State Patrol, a pickup truck driven by 51-year-old Kevin Wright of Wilton was leaving Durant Iron and Metal at 2226 Highway 927 West and traveling north on County Road F58 when the truck was hit on the passenger side by a westbound train.

A crash report stated that the truck did not stop at the rail crossing. Trooper Nudd said there is a stop sign at the crossing but no lights, gate or bells.

The crash report identified the two passengers in the 1994 Chevrolet Silverado as Kyle Wright, 18, of Wilton and Micca Wooster, 18, of Stockton. The report states that all three occupants of the car were wearing seatbelts.

According to the crash report, all three were taken to Genesis Medical Center East Campus in Davenport for treatment. Genesis spokesman Craig Cooper said Monday afternoon that Mr. Wooster was transferred to the University of Iowa hospitals in Iowa City.

Kevin Wright was in good condition and Kyle Wright was in serious condition, Mr. Cooper said.

By Bill Mayeroff, [email protected]