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Curryville teen seriously injured when vehicle struck by train in Pike County

Posted on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 3:11 pm

The 2012 Honda Civic was totaled after being struck by a train and landing in a nearby field. The driver, a Curryville juvenile, was seriously injured and transported by airvac to Columbia Regional. Photo by Barry Dalton

A 17-year-old girl from Curryville was transported in serious condition by survival flight to Columbia Regional Health Center after her car was struck on the passenger side by a train on northbound Pike County Road 459, south of Hwy. 54, at approximately 8:40 a.m, Tuesday, June 8.

“There was a single occupant and she was flown from the scene by medivac helicopters,” confirmed Pike Co. Sheriff Stephen Korte, who was one of first responders on the scene along with the Curryville Fire Department and the Highway Patrol Troop C.

The Kansas City Southern Railway train was approaching from the east travelling westbound. According to the Troop C Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, the driver, who has not been named because she is a juvenile, failed to keep a careful lookout, did not check the tracks prior to crossing and crossed into the path of the train. 

There are signs but no signal device at this crossing. Michael L. Swanson, 49, of Kansas City, was driving the train.