A man was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in critical condition Thursday afternoon after his pickup became stuck on the railroad tracks and was struck by a train in east Fort Worth, a police supervisor said.
The man, identified only as a Hispanic male in his mid-20s, tried to drive across the tracks in a late-model Nissan pickup just south of the intersection of East Lancaster Avenue and East Loop 820, said Sgt. J.C. Ost, a police supervisor.
Ost said the man appeared to have driven south on dirt ruts that run parallel to the service road of East Loop 820 to reach the tracks. The dirt path is accessible from Tension Drive.
Instead of turning, though, the man tried to cross the tracks and the truck's front wheels became lodged on the first rail of the tracks, Ost said.
"He went straight, but there's no place to go straight," Ost said. "You can just turn."
The man apparently stayed in the car and continued trying to back off the tracks but was unable to, Ost said.
The train's operator saw the man, Ost said, but couldn't stop in time and struck the car, throwing it from the tracks.
Rescue crews were able to free the pickup driver after 10 to 15 minutes and he was transported by ground ambulance.