Officials: Train Hits Semi, Injuring Truck Driver

By: OFFICIALS, TRAIN, SEMI, TRUCK, DRIVER
By: OFFICIALS, TRAIN, SEMI, TRUCK, DRIVER

ERIE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- Officials say a train struck a semi-truck in southeastern Michigan after the truck's driver drove around a lowered railroad crossing barrier.

The Monroe County sheriff's department says the 52-year-old truck driver was in critical condition at a hospital in nearby Toledo, Ohio, after the Sunday afternoon crash in Erie Township, about 50 miles southwest of Detroit.

The department says its preliminary investigation found the crossing was partially obstructed by a stopped southbound locomotive. The truck driver didn't heed lights and the barrier in an attempt to cross, and a northbound locomotive hit the truck.

The truck was pushed about 1,500 feet down the tracks and the truck driver ejected. The train's engineer and conductor weren't injured.

The crash, which is under investigation, also spilled a load of field corn.


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