Car train crash

Fire and police crews work at the scene of a car vs. train crash near the intersection of 31st Street and Springdale Drive on Thursday. The sole occupant of the car, Nicholas Staber, of Sioux City, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Police identified Staber on Friday.

SIOUX CITY | Police on Friday identified Nicholas Staber, of Sioux City, as the man who drove a car into a train and died from injuries.

Staber, 38, was killed Thursday morning when the car he was driving traveled past a railroad crossing stop arm and struck a stationary train car on the north side of the city, police said. 

He drove at a high rate of speed east on 31st Street near the Springdale Drive intersection, and appears to have driven to the left of a lowered crossing arm and onto the railway.

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Staber crashed into a stopped Burlington Northern Santa Fe train car, said Police Lt. Mark Kirkpatrick. The front end of the car wedged underneath the train.

Staber was the only occupant in the car. Kirkpatrick said alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the collision. No more details were released Friday.

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