SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A man in serious condition was taken to a hospital Tuesday night after hitting the side of a train on July 6 at approximately 9:40 p.m.
According to the Springfield Police Department, the man hit the train on the tracks near Campbell Ave. and Commercial Street. The 2016 Toyota 4Runner crossed several railroad tracks and struck the side of a train, traveling east.
The train was still moving, and the truck got stuck. The vehicle was dragged beside the train until Washington Ave.
The truck caught fire and the driver suffered serious burns before exiting the vehicle. The driver was taken to the hospital where he is currently listed in critical condition.
Amy Casas, with BNSF Railway, said the crash caused the mixed freight train to derail 14 cars plus four additional cars from an empty coal train. BNSF responders have cleared the tracks.
Casas said cleanup and repairs are ongoing and crews are addressing any safety issues.
According to crews on the scene, the bridge is structurally sound but did get some cosmetic damages.
The street will remain closed during the investigation and repairs.