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Semi crashes into freight train in White Pigeon, kills driver


WHITE PIGEON (WKZO) --   A truck driver is dead after his semi struck a Grand Elk freight train near the State Line in southern St. Joseph County.   

The train was already crossing U.S. 131 when the truck slammed into it with enough force to knock the train off the rails. 

The collision occurred in White Pigeon at about 5 p.m.   It closed down U.S. 131 in both directions for several hours.

The name of the driver has not been released.

St. Joseph County Deputies are trying to determine why the truck driver failed to stop, whether it was a medical issue, distracted driving, or he just fell asleep at the wheel.  

They concede they may never know.