Ronald Huntoon Killed in Truck, Train Accident in Walnut, IA
Walnut, IA -- July 13, 2022, Ronald Huntoon was killed as the result of an accident where his truck was hit by a train.
Authorities reported that the crash took place at around 2:30 p.m. south of Walnut in Pottawattamie County.
Officials said that 54-yrear-old Ronald Huntoon was in a grain truck when it went onto a railroad crossing. There, an Iowa Interstate Railroad train hit Huntoon's truck.
Huntoon sustained fatal injuries due to the crash. No other injuries were reported. At this time, additional details are unavailable.
Commentary on Ronald Huntoon Truck, Train Accident in Walnut
While it's not clear what happened here, there aren't many situations where a train hits a vehicle and anything but that vehicle is to blame. I'm certainly not here to excuse anyone, but I'm not here to blame them either. Likely or not, there are circumstances where someone can cross paths with a train due to events they had little to no control over.
What if the signals malfunctioned? What if overgrowth blocked the view from the road? What if someone bottomed out because their dispatch sent them down the wrong road? What if a vehicle was stuck on the tracks, and the train operator wasn't warned about the obstruction? Even if something seems unlikely, getting clear answers is vital for victims and families affected by a serious accident. That's even more crucial when the victim isn't around to tell their side of the story.