- Associated Press - Thursday, May 22, 2014

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (AP) - A train has struck a livestock truck at a crossing in western Nebraska, killing several cattle.

Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt was on the Omaha-bound train around 9 a.m. Thursday when it struck the rear quarter of the trailer at the Springs Road crossing, about three miles west of Maxwell in Lincoln County. Hunt says the 30 or so UP employees on the inspection train and the train’s two crew members were not hurt. Neither was the truck driver.

Lincoln County sheriff’s Sgt. Wayne Connell says 14-15 of the 63 cattle in the trailer died on impact and several others were injured.

Connell says the truck driver reported that he didn’t see the train. Hunt says the crossing is marked by static crossing signs and controlled by stop signs.

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