Man seriously injured trying to beat Amtrak passenger train at Hendricks County rail crossing

HENDRICKS COUNTY, Ind. -- The driver of a car attempting to beat an oncoming Amtrak passenger train at a Hendricks County rail crossing was seriously injured when his vehicle was struck by the train. None of the 91 passengers and nine crew members aboard the train were hurt.

The crash happened shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of N. County Rd. 900 E. and E. U.S. 136 near Brownsburg. Investigators say a man in a Chevrolet Impala attempted to beat the train by driving around the crossing warning arms. The Amtrak train was traveling eastbound through Brownsburg en route to downtown Indianapolis.

Accident investigators said the train was traveling approximately 60 miles per hour when it collided with the car, but fortunately, it did not derail. The driver was out of the car when the fire department arrived. He was transported to the hospital in serious condition.

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