A driver is in critical condition after his car was struck by a train Saturday night on Old Lake City Highway in Anderson County.
According to THP, the driver of a Jeep Commander was attempting to go home and crossed the rail road tracks, an oncoming train attempted to stop by applying it’s emergency brakes. After striking the vehicle the train stopped and the train was separated for emergency purposes to assist the driver.
The driver was transported to UT Medical Center and is listed in critical condition.
The name of the driver has not been released at this time.
There were no other passengers in the vehicle.
The engineer and the conductor in the train were not injured in the incident.
THP says there are no lights at the railroad crossing to warn drivers of an oncoming train. This is due to the road being a private road.
“CSX personnel are cooperating with the Tennessee Highway Patrol, who are investigating this incident, and we also appreciate the swift response from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and EMS,” said a CSX representative in a statement.
The train consisted of three locomotives and 110 rail cars. The train was traveling from South Carolina to Kentucky.