Authorities in western Iowa are investigating the cause of a fatal car-train accident that occurred late Monday night. According to Council Bluffs police, at around 11:30 p.m. Monday, officers responded to a report of a car-versus-train accident.
When they arrived, the car was on fire and the driver unresponsive. Despite the best efforts of police and railroad personnel to remove the driver, the man remained trapped in the car and died at the scene as the passenger compartment became fully engulfed in flames.
The man’s identity is not known. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine if he died of injuries suffered during the crash or as the result of the fire.