Archive for Friday, March 5, 2010

Baldwin City woman flown to KU Hospital after train struck her vehicle

March 5, 2010


A Baldwin City woman was flown by helicopter ambulance after her vehicle was struck by a train around noon Friday near LeLoup in northeastern Franklin County.

Franklin County Sheriff Craig Davis said an eastbound Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train hit the vehicle, which had pulled onto the tracks, at the Tennessee Road intersection. Craig said the woman was flown to Kansas University Hospital.

Traffic had to be routed around LeLoup for hours because the intersection was closed while law enforcement and railroad officials investigated the scene.


Brian Hall 8 years, 2 months ago

Not to nitpick, I hope she'll be okay but is this the unprotected railroad crossing of Tennessee Road northeast of Le Loup or the main crossing as you are coming into Le Loup on Shawnee Road from Baldwin?

Jonathan Kealing 8 years, 2 months ago


It is a protected crossing. It has crossing arms. But it's not the main crossing coming into LeLoup.

Jonathan Kealing Online editor

applejuice 8 years, 2 months ago

Any idea on the type of car? I know some people who live in Baldwin, just curious...

fan4kufootball 8 years, 2 months ago

It is a protected crossing (double track crossing) but I have crossed those tracks many times and what is confusing and scary is there are times when a train has come and gone and the gates stay down and you think they are not working properly but in actuality there is a train coming from the other direction. I have seen people go though the gates thinking that.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 8 years, 2 months ago

These stories make me cringe. In a game of grade crossing "chicken", the train always "wins". Fan4KU is exactly correct, those are double tracks with traffic in both directions and that BNSF line is their main transcontenental line, Chicago to LA. One of the busiest in the country. One very exasperating fact is that many people today are totally oblivious of the dangers at grade crossings, and will taunt death and destruction to save a few minutes. Furthermore, if a law enforcement officer observes you going around lowered gates or flashing signals, you are in for a ticket and a fine.

Save yourself a fine (at the least) or a coffin (happens far too often)

When the gates are down and the lights are flashing, do not proceed.

Jeremiah Jefferson 8 years, 2 months ago

It doesnt pay to go through the gates.. I see people do it all the time on the same line where it crosses HWY 68 between Ottawa and Pomona. Thats a very busy line and a friend of mine who works the fire dept said there is a train crossing 68 about every 15 -20 minutes. They dont go slow on that line either.. Once they get out of Kc they open it up, especially at night.

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