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1 hurt when train, vehicle crash in West Chester

Posted: 2:05 PM, Aug 23, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-23 18:49:38-04
1 hurt when train, vehicle crash in West Chester
1 hurt when train, vehicle crash in West Chester
1 hurt when train, vehicle crash in West Chester
1 hurt when train, vehicle crash in West Chester
1 hurt when train, vehicle crash in West Chester
1 hurt when train, vehicle crash in West Chester

WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A man was critically injured Tuesday afternoon when a train struck an SUV in West Chester Township.

The vehicles collided on Ohio Route 747 near Port Union Road shortly before 2 p.m. 

The driver was thrown from his SUV. A woman told a 911 operator that he was conscious shortly after the crash. His vehicle was leaking gas, she said.

"OK. OK, buddy. Sir, don't move," she said.

Emergency medical personnel took him to West Chester Hospital.

Investigators were trying to determine why the SUV was on the tracks when the train was passing through, West Chester Police Sgt. Todd Campbell said.

“There are crossing gates (at the railroad crossing). Right now, that’s part of the investigation to see if they were functioning correctly or if the car went around it,” he told the Journal-News.

The vehicle was hit on its side and pushed into a nearby tree line, according to police. Police did not know what the train was carrying.

Route 747 was closed between Port Union and Union Center Boulevard for about four hours.

WCPO will update this story as more information becomes available.

The Journal-News is a WCPO media partner.