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BROOK PARK, Ohio — Police dash camera video captures the frantic moments before a freight train slammed into a van at a rail crossing in Brook Park.

The video also shows how a police officer helped to protect the driver of the van just before impact.

It happened near Route 237 and Holland Road on Thursday. Police said an AT&T van skirted through the railroad gate and became stuck on the tracks.

The van driver was cited for ignoring the flashing lights. He told us he is grateful the police officer was there.

To watch the dash camera video, see the video player above.

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