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Man hurt trying to beat train

on March 05, 2014 10:30 AM

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.

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