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Driver dies in collision with Amtrak train in Wis.

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TOWN OF IXONIA, Wis. (AP) -- Authorities say a 44-year-old man was killed when his truck collided with an Amtrak train in Wisconsin's Jefferson County.

Sheriff Paul Milbrath says Michael Dragan of Oconomowoc was driving down a private driveway that crosses railroad tracks when he collided with a westbound Amtrak train.

Dragan died at the scene.

Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/tOBmyO) no one was hurt aboard the Empire Builder, which was carrying 326 passengers, plus crew members, on its daily trip between Chicago and Seattle.

The crash happened about 4:45 p.m. Thursday in the Town of Ixonia. The train was stopped about four hours while authorities investigated.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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