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Driver dies in collision with train

Heidi RicePost Independent Staff

A 54-year-old Wyoming man was killed early Thursday morning after his truck was struck by a westbound train two miles west of New Castle.The man, whose identity has not yet been released, was traveling westbound on Highway 6 & 24 at 3:25 a.m., when his dark gray Chevrolet pick up truck went off the left side of the road and down a steep embankment and became stuck in the train tracks, facing south and was struck on the left side of the vehicle, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The truck was pushed several feet on the tracks and came to rest on the south side of the tracks.There were no indications on the roadway that the vehicle had encountered any problems before leaving the highway.The locomotive that struck the truck was an empty coal train, which was reportedly traveling at a normal rate of speed, with lights and horn devices working. The engineer reportedly attempted to warn the driver and stop the train.The truck’s driver was not wearing a seat belt. The accident is still under investigation to determine if alcohol was involved.

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