MONON, Ind. (WLFI) - Investigators said the Amtrak train carrying 89 passengers collided with a tractor around 8:30 Wednesday morning.
"We were just moving along and we saw kind of a cloud of dust. It was probably a cloud of anhydrous and then I saw a tractor," passenger Tim Whisman said.
"All I heard was a boom and then I felt the crash and then I heard that we hit the tractor," passenger Barbara Board said.
"Then the conductor came through to look for anybody that had medical training," passenger Lisa George said.
It happened just 2 miles outside of Monon in White County on County Road 200 West. There are no cross-arms at the intersection and police do not know why the tractor pulled out in front of the train.
The tractor, driven by 40-year-old David Allen of Reynolds, was hauling a 1,000-gallon tank of anhydrous ammonia. White County Sheriff Pat Shafer said luckily, the hazardous material did not leak out of the tank. However, some passengers said they could smell ammonia for a brief second.
"You started to be able to smell it, but you never felt like you were in any danger. It dissipated quickly," George said.
"The ammonia has remained contained in the tank," Shafer said. "There were representatives with the fertilizer company that responded to the scene as well."
After the collision the tractor driver and the train engineer were taken to IU White Memorial Hospital for further treatment.
Passengers were evacuated from the train and taken to the Monon Fire Department where Red Cross was waiting with food and drinks. There they waited for shuttle buses to take them on to their final destinations. For some of the passengers that meant a baseball game.
"I was worried about rain for the Cubs game yesterday and now I guess there's more things to worry about than rain obviously," Whisman said.
"We're supposed to be at the Red's, RED's Cubs game at 1:20 but I think we're going to miss that one so go Reds," George said.
The driver of the tractor was treated and released from the hospital. The condition of the train engineer is still unknown. None of the passengers were injured in the crash. Shafer said the crash is still under investigation.
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