PAINESVILLE, OH (WOIO) - The Lake County Sheriff's Office responded to a call on Wednesday, Jan. 29, for a vehicle struck by a train.
The call came in around 3:15 p.m.
John Blair, 33, was driving his 2006 Ford F150 heading south on Newell Street, when he came to the CSX crossing and the gates were lowered with the warning lights flashing.
The crossing, which has five sets of tracks, had a train parked to the east of the crossing, according to the investigation, drivers assumed the gates were down because of this train.
Blair, along with other drivers, drove around the lowered gates. The parked train however blocked the view of another track in which an approaching train was traveling.
Blair's truck was struck on the bed area of the driver's side, sending it airborne. The truck turned 180 degrees and was thrown about 70 feet.
According to CSX, the intermodal train was going 58 mph and was carrying 18 cars of mixed freight.
Blair was wearing his seatbelt at the time, and was taken to Tri Point Medical Campus for minor injuries.
Painesville City Fire and Rescue also responded to the call and had to use the heavy mechanical machines to extract Blair from the truck. He was cited for not stopping at a railroad crossing.