UPDATE: Police release identity of man killed in train crash Wednesday

UPDATE: Police have released the name of the man killed when he drove his mail truck into a train on Wednesday.

Eau Claire police said Scott Swartz, 35, from the Eau Claire area, was killed in the crash.

According to a Union Pacific spokesperson, the 6,000-foot, 78-car train was mostly empty at the time of the crash. The spokesperson said there is a yield sign at that railroad crossing, but no gates or lights. They do not know why the driver of the mail vehicle crossed the railroad in front of the train, but they will be looking at surveillance video from the lead engine.


UPDATE: According to Eau Claire police, the male driver of the mail truck involved in a crash with a train Wednesday morning died on the scene.

According to a Union Pacific spokesperson, the 6,000-foot, 78-car train was mostly empty at the time of the crash. The spokesperson said there is a yield sign at that railroad crossing, but no gates or lights. They do not know why the driver of the mail vehicle crossed the railroad in front of the train, but they will be looking at surveillance video from the lead engine.

The mail vehicle came to a stop about 200 feet from the crossing.

A U.S. Postal Service employee told News 18 all of the mail the truck was hauling has been released back to the postal service. About 90 percent of it is expected to still be delivered at some point Wednesday. The mail had minimal damage.


UPDATE: According to Eau Claire police, all of the roads in the area are back open again after a mail truck crashed into a train Wednesday morning.

Eau Claire police are expected to release more information shortly.


Eau Claire (WQOW) –  N. Hastings Way is closed at Hogarth Street because of a train and vehicle crash in Eau Claire. That’s near Melby Road on Eau Claire’s north side.

According to Eau Claire police, the crash happened just before 6 a.m. Wednesday. The train collided with what police are calling a commercial motor vehicle. Police do not know what caused the crash.

Police are asking you to avoid the area for several more hours while they continue to investigate.

Eau Claire Police Public Information Officer Bridget Coit could not say if anyone was injured in the crash.

The United States Postal Service put out a notice that it was a mail-hauling truck involved in the crash.

The postal service said delivery to customers in Osseo, Whitehall, Independence and Pigeon Falls will be delayed until the investigation is complete and mail is released to USPS.

 

 

News 18 will update this story with the latest information. 

Clint Berge

Clint Berge

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