A car officials believe to be stolen was hit by a passing train around 3:50 a.m. Friday morning, according to the Marshall County Sheriff's Office.
Union Pacific Railroad first reported a car parked along railroad tracks in a remote area of Marshalltown Boulevard around 3:30 a.m. Less than 20 minutes later, Union Pacific called again to report a train had struck the vehicle.
Deputies claim they discovered an empty SUV at the scene, which they later identified as the same vehicle stolen from a residence in State Center, Iowa, sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning.
Officials believe any occupants of the car left the area on foot and were not injured in the train collision. Names and descriptions of those involved have not yet been released.
Union Pacific Railroad's operations have resumed on one track.
If you have any information on the incident, including occupants of the vehicle, officials ask that you contact the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office at 641-754-6380, State Center Police Department 641-483-2107, or the Marshall County Communications Center 641-754-5725.