Man seriously injured trying to cross railroad before train passed

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State police said a Somerset man has been seriously injured after he tried to drive his car through a railroad crossing before a train passed.

Troopers said 43-year-old Brian Ronald Trent was injured just before 10 a.m. Tuesday at a crossing in Somerset Township.

Witnesses told police that railroad crossing lights were flashing when Trent drove his car across the tracks and was struck on its passenger side by a CSX freight train. The car spun along the tracks before the rear of the vehicle was also hit by the train.

Police said in a news release that Trent suffered unspecified serious injuries.

He was flown to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, where hospital officials say he was undergoing surgery Tuesday afternoon.