Train-Truck Collision Tuesday

A motorist crossing the railroad tracks at Hawkins Crossing and Highway 11/80 in Meridian was hit by a train Tuesday afternoon.

Amazingly, the driver of the pickup truck was not hurt. Meridian police say he tried to cross the tracks while the crossing guard was down.

"Apparently went around the crossing guards for the railroad and was struck by the westbound Amtrak," said Capt. Jeff Lewis of the Meridian Police Department. "Luckily he's O.K. He walked out of it with no injuries at all."

Lewis said no train passengers were reported hurt either.

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