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Clinton man injured at rail crossing

A 22-year-old Clinton man was injured Saturday afternoon at a rail crossing near Old Lake City Highway and Patterson Lane.

Benjamin Sharp suffered “serious” injuries when the 2009 Jeep Commander he was driving was hit by a train at the rail crossing around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, a report by the Tennessee Highway Patrol stated.

Sharp was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

The report said the train sounded its horn repeatedly but the driver (Sharp) continued onto the track.

The report said a one-lane road led to the crossing, which is in private property and does not have a signal or bars but does have reflective signs and yield signs to identify it as a railroad crossing.

The report said the train deployed its emergency brake to stop.

No one on board the train, which was hauling 110 empty cars, was injured.

Mark Lucas, Anderson County Sheriff’s Department chief deputy, said the train crew separated the rail cars so first responders could get to the crash site.

In addition to the THP, the Sheriff’s Department, and Anderson County EMS, the Anderson County Rescue Squad and the Medford Volunteer Fire Department responded to the crash.