The Dalton Police Department is investigating a Tuesday morning crash that left a man seriously injured after his SUV was hit by an approaching train. The train, which was traveling at a low rate of speed, struck the SUV at a railroad crossing on Tyler Street and pushed it down the tracks to the next crossing at Long Street.
The driver of the SUV, Rogelio Nieto-Martinez, 69, was transported to Hamilton Medical Center and then Erlanger Medical Center. His condition is not known.
The investigation into this crash is ongoing, but witnesses told investigators that the crossing gates and flashing lights were on at the Tyler Street intersection. Mr. Nieto-Martinez’s SUV apparently was entering the intersection as the gates were coming down and then stopped for several seconds before lurching forward again and was hit in the passenger side by the approaching train.
A silver SUV rests against a railroad crossing gate on Long Street in Dalton after being hit and pushed by a train on Tyler Street