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Vehicle hit by rail equipment after driver goes around gates

VERMILION – A teen was cited after he drove around railroad crossing gates and was struck by a rail maintenance machine.

The 16-year-old driver, who was not named, was driving a 2001 Ford Taurus southbound on Vermilion Road on Tuesday when a passing train activated the crossing gates, according to Vermilion Police Cpl. Rick Riggs.

As the train passed, a Kershaw Ballast Regulator heading eastbound on the tracks sounded its horn.

Riggs said the teen thought the horn came from the car behind him, so he drove around the crossing gates. The car was struck by the rail equipment, and sustained moderate damage to the passenger side.

There were two juvenile passengers in the car. None of the vehicle’s occupants were injured, Riggs said.

The driver was cited for driving around the gates.

 

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