Michael D. McGillen Jr., 28, was brought to the Creighton University Medical Center by a medical helicopter in critical condition. According to Dwayne Riche of the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office, rescue officials arrived at the scene at approximately 3:00 am.
McGillen is reportedly an Iowa Interstate Railroad employee, according to the news provider.
Riche explained that the train car was backing up toward an entrance to Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (SIRE), located on the power plant's property. The train then reportedly went through a closed gate and bent a guardrail, causing McGillen to be pinned. Riche added that the gate was supposed to have been opened up by an employee at SIRE.
After employees could not free McGillen, Lewis Township Rescue workers removed the guardrail in order to get him out, the news provider said.
According to the The Associated Press, the Iowa Interstate Railroad is investigating the accident.