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There were two people in the truck, both the driver and passenger were alert and conscious when officers arrived at the scene.
Columbus Grove, OH -
Police say it was an accident that could have been avoided. That was the case this afternoon when a train hit a truck in Columbus Grove.
There were two people in the truck, both the driver and passenger were alert and conscious when officers arrived at the scene. However the driver of the red, Ford Pickup was transported to Lima Memorial Hospital and injuries are unknown at this time.
Police say the truck was south-bound on Broadway Street when it was struck by the train. Chief of Columbus Grove Police Department Nick Gilgenbach says he has a pretty good idea of how the accident happened.
"Driver inattention is most of the time the cause of the incidents like this. Whether it be talking or adjusting the radio or who knows what could have been going on, but driver inattention is pretty apparent when this kind of stuff happens," said Gilgenbach.
There are no crossing gates at this railroad track, but police say witnesses saw red, flashing stoplights and heard the train's horn. All of those signs were there to alert the driver of the train's presence. Officers say investigation into the accident is ongoing.