Amazon delivery van cut in half by Amtrak train

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photo: Daily Jefferson County Union

Residents of outlying communities west of Milwaukee may have to wait a little longer to receive packages from Amazon. To the Amazon delivery van was split in two by an Amtrak train after the train collided with the rear section of the van at a level crossing in Ixonia, WI. Thankfully, the driver of the van and everyone aboard the train were relatively unharmed after the accident on Wednesday afternoon.

The driver left a residence on a small access road that runs parallel to the railway track until it ends at a T-shaped intersection with a public road. The intersection with the public road, called River Valley Road, is also adjacent to a level crossing. This is an intersection with no signal or lights. Alexander Evans, the pilot, was unaware of the Amtrak runway approaching the intersection from the same direction.

Evans turned left at the intersection. He is also deaf in his left ear, so he didn’t hear the train horn until the last moments before impact. Evans told WISN, “Literally, it was like a long beep, the horn of the train, and I put my foot on the accelerator, kind of like trying. I don’t know how far I’ll be able to get away from him. “

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photo: Daily Jefferson County Union

The last press of the accelerator was enough to move the driver’s seat out of the way of the train, which would have hit the rear compartment of the van, ripping it from the front of the vehicle. When asked what he felt during the impact, Evans replied, “Just air and pressure. I heard the airbags. I didn’t know what to feel, to be honest with you,”

Evans was extremely lucky that he only had to go to the hospital for precautionary checks. He managed to get home to his wife and two daughters after an unforgettable 33rd birthday at work.

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