NEW: Pickup Plowed By Train; Driver Injured

Posted: February 20, 2014

The driver of this pickup truck escaped serious injury when the vehicle was struck by a freight train early this morning in Grottoes. The truck was hit when the driver tried to go around the crossing arms and cross the track. He said he did not realize a train was coming. (Photo by Pete DeLea)

HARRISONBURG — A man suffered relatively minor injuries when the pickup truck he was driving was plowed by a train as he tried to drive through a railroad crossing in Grottoes this morning.

Dwight Miller, 49, of Grottoes, suffered head lacerations, according to police. Miller told authorities that he did not see the train coming and thought the crossing arms, which were down, had malfunctioned.

The train pushed the pickup truck across the tracks while sending its tires flying 70 feet away into a snow bank. The pickup hit sport utility vehicle that had stopped on the other side of the tracks. The SUV suffered about $2,000 in damage, but no one was injured in that vehicle. The pick-up was totaled.

The Daily News-Record will have a complete report on this story in Friday’s print and online editions.


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