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September 2, 2014

Man injured as train strikes truck near Denair

A Turlock man suffered moderate injuries when he drove around a railroad crossing arm near Denair and his pickup was struck by an Amtrak train.

A Turlock man suffered moderate injuries when he drove around a railroad crossing arm and his pickup was struck by an Amtrak train.

Wayne Hinds, 70, was driving east on Barnhart Road in a Ford F-250 when he approached the tracks at Santa Fe Drive about 10:23 a.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Eric Parsons.

The crossing arms were down, warning of an oncoming train. There was a stationary freight train on one set of tracks south of Barnhart, but Hinds drove around the crossing arms, possibly under the assumption they were malfunctioning, as the Amtrak train traveled south through the intersection about 75 mph.

The train hit the back of Hinds’ truck, tore off the pickup bed and flipped the vehicle on its roof. Hinds was transported by helicopter to Memorial Medical Center with moderate injuries, Parsons said.

He didn’t know how many passengers were on the train at the time of the collision but said no one else was injured.

Parsons warned never to bypass railroad crossing arms, even if they are or appear to be malfunctioning.

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