A Marietta man was reportedly critically injured in a Love County collision with a train Thursday morning.
Love County Sheriff Marty Grisham said officers responded to the BNSF railroad crossing on Peery Road, south of Lake Murray, around 10 a.m. Firefighters from the Criner Hills Fire Department, as well as officers from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Lighthorse Police Department were also on scene.
Grisham said the driver, 68-year-old Daniel Woolery, was crossing the tracks and did not see the Amtrak train approaching due to a blind spot. Once Woolery noticed the train approaching he allegedly tried to get out of the way, but was still struck.
Grisham said the collision caused Woolery’s vehicle to spin several times, eventually ejecting him 22 feet. Woolery was the only individual in the truck and was later airlifted to a medical facility in Denton to be treated for his injuries.
According to OHP, Woolery was admitted in critical condition with arm, leg and internal injuries. The train engineer was not injured.
The Amtrak reportedly took about half a mile to stop after colliding with the truck. Officials had the area clear as of 2 p.m.
Grisham said he would advise motorists to be extra cautious when crossing train tracks as there may be blind spots, especially in more rural parts of the tracks, which can increase the danger.