A freight train struck a car on tracks near Lindenwood University’s Belleville campus Friday morning, sending a man and a woman to the hospital after they were able to extricate themselves from the wreckage.
The collision occurred at 6:30 a.m. at a crossing on 24th Street behind a Lindenwood dormitory building. The crossing does not have crossing gates, police said.
The train, led by Norfolk Southern locomotives, was westbound when it collided with the passenger side of the silver or gold sedan. Belleville Fire Chief Tom Pour said that after impact, the train and the car continued about a block, coming to a stop near the West Main Street crossing.
The female driver and male passenger of the car were able to get out and were then transported to an area hospital with unspecified injuries, Pour said. Their condition remained unknown Friday afternoon.
There was heavy damage to the car’s passenger side and deployed airbags were visible.
Belleville Police Detective Sgt. Mark Heffernan said Friday afternoon that the woman driving the car was not cited.
He said it was possible one of the two is employed at the Roesch, Inc. plant that’s accessed by 24th Street where the collision occurred. Roesch president Mike Koenigstein was not available for comment.