Vt. man survives train collisionJanuary 07,2013
Vt. man survives
SHARON — A 73-year-old White River Junction man escaped serious injury Sunday morning when his car was hit by a train.
According to Vermon State Police, Thomas Hunt was driving on Sharhart Road at 11:30 a.m. Sunday when his 2010 Hyundai Accent skidded across a snow-covered section of town highway and on to the railroad tracks near the intersection of Wood Lane.
Hunt’s car was hit on the passenger side by an oncoming Amtrak train and thrown 50 feet down a steep embankment, where it came to rest against a tree, police said.
When members of the Hartford police and fire departments arrived at the scene, Hunt was out of his vehicle and complaining of back pains. He was taken to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.
The accident remains under investigation. Police said it appeared that Hunt failed to stop at a posted stop sign on the east side of the railroad tracks.
Hunt’s car sustained extensive damage to its passenger side and rear, according to police, who said the train sustained minimal front-end damage.
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