NEW INFORMATION: Victim in deadly collision identified

By: WSAW-TV Email
By: WSAW-TV Email

NEILLSVILLE, Wis. (CLARK COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT NEWS RELEASE) - On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at about 9:15 am the Clark County Sheriff’s Department received a 9-1-1 call of a car versus train crash on Century Rd. just east of Basswood Ave., Township of Unity.

Initial investigation indicates a 1994 Dodge Grand Caravan, driven by Charles S. Podbelsek, 81, Spencer, was eastbound on Century Rd approaching the railroad crossing. Investigation showed Podbelsek did not stop at the stop sign at the crossing, striking a southbound Canadian National train. The Caravan was thrown south of the crossing where it landed on its roof. Podbelsek was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

The train was being operated by Jeffrey L. Graff, 56, Superior. Investigation is continuing and this is the second traffic fatality for Clark County in 2013. The Spencer Fire and Ambulance and Wisconsin State Patrol assisted at the scene.
TOWN OF UNITY, Wis. (WSAW) - Clark County Sheriff's Jim Backus said neighbors says the train did sound its horn before Tuesday's fatal crash.

Our reporter at the scene says the crossing does not have train crossing safety gate, but does have a stop sign and railroad crossing sign.

Sheriff Backus says the victim's name will be released in a new release Tuesday afternoon.
TOWN OF UNITY, Wis. (WSAW) - One person has died following van vs train accident Tuesday morning in Unity.

The Clark County Sheriff's Department says the driver was the sole occupant in the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The man's name will not be released until his family can be notified.

Investigators believe the man was driving south on Century Road when he was struck by the train. Deputies says the accident is particularly sad as the man was being followed by his daughter who witnessed the crash.

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