ELMHURST, IL - JUNE 16: A Union Pacific freight train passing a grade crossing is seen beyond a flashing light on a safety gate June 16, 2006 in Elmhurst, Illinois. The Federal Railroad Administrator (FRA) in a recently issued report says for the safety of rail passengers and motorists, they support the extended use of emergency tool-free phone numbers, used to report problems with railroad crossing warning equipment and other emergencies, posted at railroad grade crossings. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)
PEETZ, Colo — The driver of a semitrailer is dead after colliding with a freight train carrying coal in northeastern Colorado on Friday.
The collision happened at a rail crossing near the town of Peetz near the Nebraska border at around 5 p.m.
A spokesman for the Colorado State Patrol says the semitrailer caught fire following the crash and the driver was later pronounced dead.
Railway operator Burlington Northern Santa Fe said that one of the cars carrying coal also caught fire.
BNSF spokesman Joe Sloan said the crossing has crossbucks and stop signs.
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