A vehicle described as a “man lift” by Galesburg Fire crews was hit by a train Friday afternoon.
Responders got the call just after 2:45 where the equipment was attempting to cross the railroad tracks at an exceedingly slow rate of speed.While navigating the tracks at the Broad and Water Street crossing, the gate arms descended to make room for an approaching train.
According to the Galesburg Fire Department, the gates trapped the man lift in the crossing. The train clipped the equipment according to the report and was able to stop about 40 feet later.
The train was stopped on the tracks when fire personnel arrived on scene, but only a railing on the train incurred damage during the incident.
No injuries were reported in the incident, but it did hold up traffic for a period of more than 30 minutes.
Galesburg Police say they are expecting citations in the crash.
The number of calls the Galesburg Fire Department responds to increases each year while the number of firefighters keeps going down.