Man Survives Truck vs. Train Accident

(Courtesy: Lake County Sheriff's Office)

(Courtesy: Lake County Sheriff's Office)

PAINESVILLE TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A man suffered minor injuries after his truck was hit by a train.

According to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, the gates were lowered and the warning lights were flashing at the crossing on Newell Street in Painesville Township.

(Courtesy: Lake County Sheriff's Office)

(Courtesy: Lake County Sheriff’s Office)

There are five sets of railroad tracks there, and a train was parked on the middle set of tracks, obstructing the view of the oncoming train.

Traffic began to weave around the gate to cross the tracks.

Several drivers made it through before the truck was hit on the driver’s side bed area.

The impact tossed the truck about 75 feet.  The driver was treated and released from Tri Point Medical Campus for minor injuries.

The 33-year-old Conneaut resident was given a citation for “disregarding his duties at a railroad crossing.”

The sheriff’s office said the train was travelling at 58 MPH and consisted of two engines and 19 cars.

The man was wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision.  He had to be extricated from the vehicle.