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UPDATE: Police believe alcohol a factor in car/train crash

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DUBUQUE COUNTY (KWWL) -

The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office says the Coralville woman killed in a crash with a train last month had been drinking before the crash.

Captain Dale Snyder says 62-year-old Mary Bouillion had been drinking before her car became stuck on the tracks and was then struck by an oncoming Canadian National train near the end of Olde Hawkeye Road at around 12:47 a.m. on November 26. She died from her injuries two days later. She was the only person in the vehicle.

Neighbors who live near the crash site said Friday GPS Systems often mistakenly lead drivers into the area. Snyder says no GPS was being used and does not consider that to be a contributing factor to the accident.

A similar accident happened at the same location in April. The incident occurred at 3:58 p.m. at the crossing on Olde Hawkeye Road.

According to the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office report Martin Steffen, of Dyersville, was driving a vehicle and pulling a trailer across the crossing at a speed of about 5 mph when the trailer was struck by a Canadian National train.

Steffen was not hurt in the incident. KWWL talked to Steffen on the phone Saturday morning who said he believes the intersection is dangerous.

He said the area has poor visibility, especially if a train is traveling east.

Snyder says the crash remains under investigation.

 

Eric Page contributed to this report.

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