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Two St. Croix County deputies and a firefighter search debris on the north side of the railroad tracks after a train vs. truck crash on Monday at the 150th Street crossing east of Roberts. (Photo by Steve Dzubay)

UPDATE: Driver identified in fatal train vs. truck crash

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One person is dead after a train vs. truck crash just east of Roberts on Monday, Feb. 3.

Benjamin C. Morgan, 53, of Hudson, was killed when a Union Pacific train collided with his 1998 Mack Truck owned listed to Tri-County Sanitation Inc. out of Hudson, according to a press release issued by the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday morning. According to the company website, Morgan was the owner and operator of Tri-County Sanitation since 1987 and the business has been in operation since 1973.

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According to a Sheriff's Office release issued on Monday afternoon, dispatchers received a call from Union Pacific Railroad just before 11 a.m. reporting that a train had struck a septic truck at the 150th Street crossing just north of County Road TT, near the Town of Hammond-Town of Warren border. The truck's driver was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Croix County Medical Examiner.

The train was headed west and hit the southbound truck at the crossing, which is marked with a yield and a railroad crossing sign.

According to scanner audio, there was some confusion in the early moments of the response as emergency personnel scrambled to find the wreck. United Fire & Rescue out of Baldwin and Baldwin's EMS crew were initially dispatched at 11 a.m. to the 200th Street crossing along with multiple law enforcement officials. It took nearly 10 minutes for emergency personnel to find the scene. Other fire, rescue and EMS agencies were dispatched in the meantime, including Roberts Warren Fire & Rescue. Incident command was established at 11:11 a.m., and medic at the scene reported the truck's driver was deceased at 11:16 a.m. The Medical Examiner was dispatched at 11:17 a.m.

Scanner audio of the incident is available at MnPoliceClips.com.

The Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the crash.

A Celebration of Life is being planned for Morgan. Check the O’Connell Family Funeral Home website for updates.

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Micheal Foley
Micheal Foley joined RiverTown Multimedia in July 2013 and serves as editor at the New Richmond News. In the past he has worked at several news outlets including Patch.com in Hudson, Wis., the Desert Sun in Palm Springs, Calif., the Leader-Telegram in Eau Claire, Wis., and the Pioneer Press in St. Paul, Minn. He began his career as a Marine Corps journalist. He served as a reporter and photographer in Okinawa, Japan, and editor of the base newspaper at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, Calif. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin–River Falls.
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