Parks, 74, died in crash

Investigators have identified Sheryl Ann Parks as the woman who was killed when her car collided with a train Thursday night west of Fort Dodge.

Parks, 74, of rural Fort Dodge, was driving her 2007 Toyota van across the railroad tracks at the grade crossing just off Webster County Road D20 and Hayes Avenue, according to a report from the Iowa State Patrol.

Lt. Kelly Hindman said the accident happened around 8 p.m.

Parks was traveling north on Hayes Avenue when her vehicle crossed the railroad tracks. Hindman said she didn’t stop at the crossing and was hit by a northeast-bound Union Pacific locomotive at the crossing.

Both the train and Parks’ car stopped about 1,700 feet east of Hayes Avenue on the railroad tracks.

Parks was pronounced dead at the scene.

The railroad tracks have crossbuck warning signs but no “mechanized signaling devices,” according to Hindman.

Iowa State Patrol is continuing to investigate the crash.

The Webster County Sheriff’s Department, Fort Dodge Police Department, Moorland Fire Department, Fort Dodge Fire Department, Trinity Regional Medical Center and Webster County medical examiner all responded to the scene.