Sioux County Sheriff

BNSF Railway locomotives struck by semi-truck and trailer near Sioux Center – December 14

On Tuesday, December 14, at 8:32 a.m., the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a commercial motor vehicle accident that occurred on 360th Street, three miles northwest of Sioux Center, IA.

Harvard Sandbulte, age 59, of Sioux Center, was driving a 2015 International Prostar semi-truck pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with hay bales eastbound on 360th Street when he struck a northbound BNSF Railway locomotive in the railroad crossing.

The train consisted of two locomotives on the front, one on the rear and 103 loaded grain railcars.

Sandbulte was transported by the Sioux Center Ambulance to Sioux Center Health for treatment of minor injuries.

The International sustained approximately $40,000 in damage. The train sustained and estimated $100,000 in damage.

Sandbulte was cited for failure to stop at a railroad crossing.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Sioux Center Fire Department and Sioux Center Ambulance.