Police say a Palmyra man suffered serious injuries Friday morning after a crash involving a train and a dump truck on Route B, south of the BASF plant, near Palmyra.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that 45-year-old Terry Lake was taken to Blessing Hospital after with serious injuries. Cpl. Andrew Bryan with the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the truck, driven by Lake, was heading north when it crossed the track and was hit by a BNSF train, then hit an utility box, shortly before 9 a.m.
Police say there were no crossing arms at the track, only signals and bells.
"Anytime you come to a train track, if your vision is obscured even in the slightest, slow down, stop if you have to and make sure nothing is coming," Bryan said.
Police say Lake was not wearing a seatbelt. The driver of the train was not hurt.
A Survival Flight helicopter out of Hannibal airlifted Lake to Blessing Hospital and as of 3 p.m., he was still being treated in the emergency center.
Blessing Hospital spokesperson Steve Felde says there was a communication error between the helicopter crew and the emergency center that caused a slight delay in landing. He said the emergency center staff didn't realize the helicopter was on its way until employees saw it circling over the hospital.
The Air Evac helicopter was then pulled into the garage to allow the other to land.
Felde said it was Survival Flight's first flight to Blessing, and the cause of the communication error is unknown. He said a quick meeting was held after to ensure it doesn't happen again.
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