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CORCORAN — One person was injured Monday after a car was struck by a train, Corcoran Police Department officials said.

Just before 7:30 a.m., Corcoran police officers were dispatched to the railroad crossing intersection of Orange and Otis avenues regarding a train colliding with a vehicle.

Officers arrived on scene and made contact with the driver of the vehicle, a 41-year-old man from Exeter, officials said.

The man was the sole occupant of the vehicle and officers said he complained of pain to his abdomen due to the impact from the collision. They said he was later transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. His condition was unavailable.

Based on the investigation, officers said they determined the man was traveling eastbound in his vehicle when it was struck in the rear passenger side by a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train traveling northbound at the intersection.

Police said the man’s vehicle, a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, sustained major damage to the rear end and a railroad crossing arm was also damaged due to the collision.

Officials said the conductor of the train told officers that the man’s vehicle was seen entering the crossing while the railroad arms were down as the train was approaching. The conductor also said they sounded the train’s horn several times before it struck the vehicle, police said.

Authorities said no one on the train was injured and there was no damage to the train.

The Corcoran Police Department reminds motorists and pedestrians to follow these railroad crossing safety tips:

  • Slow down when approaching a railroad crossing and look both ways twice.
  • Never race a train to cross the tracks.
  • Never pass another vehicle within 100 feet of a railroad crossing.
  • Watch out for vehicles that must stop at railroad crossings, such as school buses or trucks carrying hazardous materials.
  • When approaching a crossing, roll down your windows, turn off the radio or air conditioner and listen for whistles or bells.
  • Always yield to flashing lights, whistles, closing gates or stop signs.
  • If you must stop, keep a distance of at least 15 feet from the tracks.
  • Teach children that the railroad is never a place to play, walk, run, bike ride or use as a short cut.
  • Always cross the tracks at the designated railroad crossing or pedestrian crossing.
  • Only use the crossing if you can be sure your vehicle is high enough to completely clear the railroad crossing without stopping.
  • Don’t be fooled, a train is always moving faster and is much closer than you think.

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