A man was killed Thursday morning in a train versus car crash on Heeb Road between Belgrade and Manhattan.

William Terry, 46, of Belgrade was driving south on Heeb Road. Terry went over a railroad crossing when a passing train hit him, said Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Jeff Sargent.

Terry was pronounced dead at the scene.

There are no known causes for the crash. MHP is still investigating. There is no railroad crossing bar to warn oncoming traffic at the Heeb Road railroad crossing. There is a stop sign.

The collision caused Montana Rail Link to stop train traffic in both directions as law enforcement investigated and cleanup crews worked to clear the tracks, said Ross Lane, spokesman for Montana Rail Link. That caused trains to block streets in north Bozeman. By about 10:30 a.m., Lane said, trains were given the go-ahead to proceed.

Lane said he couldn’t say how long the trains were stopped. Each delay is different and depends on what’s going on ahead.

“We regret the delay and apologize to those that were affected by the blockage,” Lane said.

The crash comes a little more than a month after a train hit a gravel truck while it was pulling into TMC’s yard near the intersection of Dollar Drive and Frontage Road between Belgrade and Bozeman.

Freddy Monares can be reached at fmonares@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2630. Follow him on Twitter @TGIFreddy.


Freddy Monares covers politics and county government for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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