Update: Plow driver in fair condition after hitting trainPublished 3:43pm Monday, January 23, 2012
The driver of a Minnesota Department of Transportation snowplow struck by a Union Pacific train Friday in Kiester remains in fair condition as of this morning.
The driver, Bradley Bruegger, 55, of Wells, was taken to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The State Patrol also said the driver was wearing his seat belt.
The collision pushed the plow three-fourths of a mile down the track before stopping. According to the State Patrol, the 2007 MnDOT single-axle plow truck was southbound on Minnesota Highway 22 when it was struck in the side door by the east-traveling train.
The crash occurred at 2:13 p.m. Conditions were listed as icy. The State Patrol stated the railroad intersection does not have arms, but it does have lights and audible signals.