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A Canadian Pacific Railway train was uncoupled and a red Hyundai sedan with bumper damage sat near the tracks at River Heritage Park in the 600 block of River Drive in Davenport on Wednesday afternoon.

Members of the boat’s crew and onlookers told a reporter on Wednesday that the car was parking in the parking lot of River Heritage Park when it was cut off by a Canadian Pacific train and spun parallel to the tracks.

“At approximately 3:20 p.m. a train made contact with a vehicle at a level crossing near River Heritage Park in Davenport,” Canadian Pacific spokesman Andy Cummings wrote in an email. “The incident is under investigation.”

A few hours earlier, the Viking Mississippi docked for the first time at River Heritage Park. The city, company officials and Quad-Cities tourism advocates hosted a ribbon cutting. Dozens of locals came to see the boat.

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Jo Mason of Rock Island said she and her husband saw the driver trying to remove the damaged bumper, which scraped the ground, and rushed to help.

Mason asked the driver if they had been hit by the train, and they nodded. Mason wondered aloud why there were no alarms or railroad arms to keep cars from crossing the park lanes.

“It’s near-death, or multiple death,” Mason said.

The driver, who appeared to be physically unharmed, packed the damaged bumper into the car and drove off.

Several crew members, who declined to be named because they were not authorized to speak to the media, said they heard a loud noise and saw the car speeding across the grass.

Buses continued to return passengers to the Viking Mississippi at its park mooring while Davenport police and Canadian Pacific officials investigated the incident.

Any train-related incident is under closer scrutiny from Quad-Cities residents as Canadian Pacific seeks to merge with Kansas City Southern, a decision that will be made by the federal Surface Transportation Board. The railroads say the merger should increase rail traffic in Iowa’s Quad-Cities. Canadian Pacific offered settlements to cities to mitigate the impacts of increased rail traffic pending merger approval.

Davenport said he plans to use the settlement funds if he gets them to create “quiet zones” between Marquette and Mound streets, which would include River Heritage Park. Quiet zones often include arms that drop down to prevent vehicles from crossing the tracks and also prevent trains from honking.

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