A pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene Monday after being struck by a Union Pacific Railroad train just east of Blair, Neb.
Sheriff Pat Sears of Harrison County, Iowa, said the unidentified victim was struck by the train about 2 p.m. No information about how the accident occurred or the identity of the victim was released.
Mark Davis, a spokesman for Union Pacific, said the 110-car train was carrying freight from California to Chicago when it struck someone just after crossing the Missouri River into Iowa. The two-person train crew received counseling, Davis said.
The body of the victim was taken to a hospital in Missouri Valley, Iowa. — Kevin Cole