(Hannibal, Missouri – July 29, 2011)
The driver of a 1993 Chevrolet was thrown from his vehicle and injured when his car was hit by a Norfolk Southern freight train at the dangerous, unguarded crossing of County Road 433 and the NS Railway tracks about 3:17 P.M. Friday afternoon.
The crossing has no electronic protective devices such as lights, bells or gates, relying solely on passive crossbuck signs, and is enshrouded with groves of trees on all four quadrants. The driver, Thomas J. Rickey, 26, of Hannibal, MO was forced to pull upon the tracks before he could see the oncoming train, and the front of his vehicle was struck. The accident scene is less than a mile south of the Hannibal Regional Hospital, where the victim was rushed for treatment of his injuries, which were described as moderate.