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OXFORD, Ohio - A Cincinnati man died after a train struck his heavy-duty worktruck at an Oxford Township railroad crossing.
Police say 83-year-old Peter Klaus died several hours aftersustaining injuries in the crash along Taylor Road Sundayafternoon.
Police say Klaus was driving southbound on the road when hecrossed the railroad tracks. A CSX freight train struck thepassenger side of his vehicle.
The impact of the collision caused the truck to overturn as itcrossed the other side of the tracks.
Klaus was trapped in the truck until rescue crews freed him. Ahelicopter flew him to University Hospital where he died a fewhours later.
The crossing has only a yield sign and no lights or crossinggates.
Witnesses told police that the driver slowed when he came to thecrossing, but did not appear to hear the oncoming train. Theengineer of the train did sound his horn and tried to make anemergency stop, but it was too late.
The Oxford Press reports that the Oxford Township trusteesexpressed concern about this particular railroad crossing for quitesome time. Officials continue to work with the Public UtilitiesCommission of Ohio, the Ohio Rail Development Commission and CSX toinstall gates and lights at that location.
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