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Semitrailer driver dead after colliding with freight train

PEETZ, Colo. — The driver of a semitrailer died after colliding with a freight train carrying coal in northeastern Colorado on Friday.

The collision happened at a rail crossing on Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks in Logan County near the Nebraska border at around 5 p.m. The semitrailer caught fire following the crash and the driver was later pronounced dead, Colorado State Patrol spokesman Cpl. Ivan Alvarado said.

The train’s conductor reported back injuries, he said.

One of the coal cars caught fire as the result of the incident, BNSF spokesman Joe Sloan said. The fire was put out but the coal in that car continued to smolder, he said.

The railroad crossing has crossbucks and stop signs, Sloan said.