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Man taken to hospital after accident at railroad crossing

Published: Jul. 14, 2021 at 3:16 PM EDT
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UPDATE 7/14/21 @ 8:30 p.m.

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) - A man was taken to the hospital Wednesday after an accident at a railroad crossing.

Portsmouth police say a little after noon, an elderly driver was going across the tracks on Clay Street as the gates were already down.

They say he crashed through one gate and then into another vehicle waiting on the other side of the tracks.

According to Portsmouth 911 dispatchers, the gate went through the windshield, injuring the driver’s neck and shoulder, and he had to be taken to the hospital.

Portsmouth Police Chief Debby Brewer says sometimes the gates at that crossing get stuck down -- even when a train is not near. She’s not sure in this case whether a train was approaching the crossing at the time of the crash.

She says in those cases when the gates are reported to be stuck, the rail company is called to come fix the problem.

After the accident Wednesday, Chief Brewer says the police department notified the railyard and told them they needed to stop all traffic until the scene was cleared.

The crossing was shut down to traffic until a replacement gate was installed.

Portsmouth police did not have an update on the victim’s condition Wednesday night.

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