The Sawyer County Sheriff's Office Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a train vs. semi truck and log trailer crash at 2:26 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 near the intersection of U.S. 63 and Kruger Road in the Town of Hayward.
The caller advised that there were no apparent injuries.
Sawyer County Deputies responded to the scene, assisted by Wisconsin State Patrol, Town of Hayward Fire Department and City of Hayward Fire Department. After responding units arrived, it was confirmed that there were no injuries, no fire, no fuel leakage nor any hazardous materials concerns at the scene.
The crash occurred when the driver of the semi-truck and empty trailer was proceeding on Krueger Road towards U.S. 63 after leaving the Johnson Timber facility. The driver of the semi-truck advised he did not see the Wisconsin Great Northern Railroad train proceeding southbound on the tracks, at which time the semi-truck began to cross the tracks on Kruger Road.
Before the semi-truck and trailer both completely crossed the tracks, the train collided with the empty trailer, pushing the semi-truck and trailer approximately 35 feet before it stopped, causing a partial derailment of the train.
The names of the operator of the semi-truck and the train crew are not being released at this time. This incident remains under investigation.