A train collided with a farm tractor causing a destructive scene in a field just west of Rockford, Illinois on Thursday (11/2).

Train Versus Tractor Crash Just Outside of Seward

According to a press release from the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department, the crash occurred sometime after noon Thursday on Klinger Road about 2 miles west of Seward, Illinois.

Sheriff deputies from Winnebago County were dispatched to the railroad crossing on Klinger between Edwardsville Road and Kelley Road for a reported "tractor versus train accident."

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In the report from the Winnebago County Sheriff, deputies determined that the tractor had been pulling a wagon when it exited a field going northbound on Klinger Road and was struck by the Canadian National train.

No Injuries in Train Versus Tractor Crash are Life-Threatening

An individual in the tractor was transported to a local hospital for "non-life threatening injuries," and there was no one injured in the train, according to the press release.

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The investigation into the cause of the collision is being investigated by the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department.

How Often Do Trains Collide With Something in the U.S.

According to Union Pacific, there is a train collision with a person or vehicle in the United States every 3 hours. Many of these crashes are preventable, according to UP.

And you don't have to be standing on the railroad tracks to be hit by a train.

A train can extend three or more feet on either side of the steel rail, so the safe zone for pedestrians is well beyond three feet on either side. And when vehicles are stopped at a designated crossing, they should remain 15 feet or more from a rail. -United Pacific

This story is still developing and will be updated if more information becomes available.

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