(Lizton, Indiana – November 30, 2011)
The driver of a virtually brand-new Hendricks County, IN snow plow/sand truck was seriously injured and the plow completely destroyed when his vehicle was struck by a westbound CSX freight train at the dangerous, unguarded crossing of County Road North 151 West, near Lizton, IN Wednesday morning about 8:30 A.M..
The area had been blanketed with a massive snowfall, and the driver, Richard Layman, 65, of Danville, IN was busy clearing roads for school buses and farm traffic, and it is doubtful that he ever saw or heard the train, which struck his vehicle at 45 mph, overturning his truck and trapping him inside.
The train’s crew said the snow plow slowed as it approached the crossing but did not stop.
The crossing is equipped only by a standard, passive railroad crossbuck sign and a highway stop sign, and has no automatic protective signaling (lights, bells or gates) whatsoever.
Following extrication by emergency responders, the victim was airlifted to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis, IN.