One Injured in Collision Involving “Hawkeye Express” Train

The “Hawkeye Express” train was involved in a collision that injured one person Monday night.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says it happened in Palo at the railroad crossing on Vinton Street and Shellsburg Road around 6:30 pm. A van driven by 37-year old Terrance Wright of Cedar Rapids was eastbound on Vinton Street when he failed to yield to the southbound Iowa Northern Railway train. The train struck the van, causing the van to go into the ditch.

Wright refused medical attention at the scene.

A passenger in Wright’s van, 57-year old Brett Opperman of Shellsburg, was transported to St. Luke’s Hospital for what authorities believed were non-life threatening injuries.

Wright was taken to the Linn County Correctional Center on charges of driving with a suspended license and failing to obey a traffic control device.

The accident remains under investigation.

The “Hawkeye Express” is a train that transports fans to and from a Coralville parking lot to Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City on Iowa Hawkeye home football gamedays.