Man hurt trying to beat train
SOMERSET (AP) — State police say a western Pennsylvania man has been seriously injured after he tried to drive his car through a railroad crossing before a train passed.
Troopers say Brian Ronald Trent, 43, of Somerset, was injured just before 10 a.m. Tuesday at a crossing in Somerset Township.
Witnesses tell police that railroad crossing lights were flashing when Trent drove his car across the tracks and was struck on its passenger side by a CSX freight train.
The car spun along the tracks before the rear of the vehicle was also hit by the train.
Police say in a news release that Trent suffered unspecified serious injuries.
He was flown to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, where hospital officials say he was undergoing surgery Tuesday afternoon.