Omaha railroad: Use caution in winter at crossings
Thursday, 13 November 2014 09:32
As a blast of wintry weather hits the Midwest, Union Pacific Railroad is reminding motorists to use caution at rail crossings during slick, cold-weather conditions.
The Omaha-based railroad says that with blowing and drifting snow, it could be difficult for motorists to see where crossing surfaces are located. When possible, motorists should use overpasses or underpasses to get to the other sides of railroad tracks.
The railroad also warns that those driving too fast for slick conditions could slide into the path or the side of a moving train at a crossing. It can take a mile or more for a moving train to come to a stop.
Rapid City industrial fire creates toxic smoke
Thursday, 13 November 2014 09:28
Rapid City firefighters had to battle not only bitter cold but also toxic smoke when they fought a fire in a large building in an industrial park.
No injuries were reported from Wednesday's blaze. Officials say firefighters had protective gear, and no one without the proper equipment was allowed near the scene. Traffic was rerouted for about three hours.
An auto shop, a landscaping company and a basement repair business rent space in the building. Fire Department spokesman Oliver White says the toxic smoke was created by used oil, petroleum products and cleaning agents.
Firefighters reported several small explosions inside the building as they fought the flames. They also had to deal with subzero wind chills.
The cause of the fire wasn't immediately determined. White says the building likely is destroyed.