1 injured as truck slides into train in Putnam County

First Posted: 2/14/2015

PUTNAM COUNTY — A tractor-trailer slid into a moving train Saturday, sending the driver to the hospital.

At 12:55 p.m. Shawn Keele, of Illinois, was driving an empty tractor-trailer north on Road 5 north of state Route 613. Upon approaching the Norfolk and Southern railroad tracks, Keele’s truck slid into a moving train traveling east on the tracks.

According to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, Keele was conscious and alert when first responders arrived. He was taken to Putnam County Ambulatory Care Center with non-life-threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported.

As of 7 p.m. Saturday crews were still working on repairing the crossing and the damaged railcar.

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