EMPORIA (KSNT) – A train crash Wednesday blocked multiple routes and left an Emporia man hospitalized, according to the local police department.
Emergency crews went to a reported train crash at the Market Street railroad crossing around 4:27 p.m. A 26-year-old man had driven his Chevy Equinox around the lowered crossing arms in front of the train tracks. A train struck the man’s SUV as he drove on the tracks, according to the Emporia Police Department.
Photos taken at the scene showed both EPD and the Emporia Fire Department’s ambulances responding to the scene. The force of the collision dragged the SUV down the tracks and left it sitting on the railroad between Market Street and Mechanic Street.
The train involved halted after the crash, leaving railroad crossings blocked for around 15 city blocks, according to a KSNT reporter at the scene. The crash left the SUV driver with serious injuries, and emergency crews took him to Newman Hospital for treatment. EPD said its investigation into the incident is ongoing.