RUSHVILLE, IN – A pickup truck collided with a CSX train, seriously injuring two motorists in Rushville, IN on August 16, 2013. Rushville is located in Rush County in the east-central part of the state about 45 miles southeast of Indianapolis.
The accident happened around 3:00 p.m. on Friday, August 16, 2013 when a pickup truck traveling north on Perkins St ignored the flashing lights at the 4th St rail crossing and proceeded to cross the tracks and was struck by a westbound CSX train.
Both the driver and a passenger of the pickup truck were seriously injured. The driver was identified as 26 year-old Thomas Alexander and a passenger, 19 year-old Anthony Huffman, both from Rushville.
The pickup truck was hit on the passenger side and went airborne, bouncing off a house and a fence on East 4th St, landing about 150 feet from the point of impact.
Rescue workers had to work for about a half an hour to extricate Huffman. Both Alexander and Huffman were seriously injured and had to be airlifted to Rush Memorial Hospital, about a mile away.
Both were reported to be in critical condition and investigators were unable to obtain a statement from them.
There were no reports of any injuries to any personnel on the train or any railroad employees.
The accident is currently under investigation.
Blog post by Gordon, Elias & Seely, a FELA lawyer and Indiana railroad injury lawyer who publishes train accidents and FELA legal news from across the United States.