HOMER, Neb. | Police said a Sioux City man was hospitalized Monday after his semitrailer was struck by a railroad maintenance vehicle.

John Levasseur, 45, was flown by helicopter to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City after the side-dump semitrailer he was driving was hit on 225th Street around 5 p.m. Monday, Dakota County Sheriff Chrisk Kleinberg said in a release.

Levasseur was stopped at the intersection of Highway 77 and 225th Street, attempting to turn north, the release said. Due to highway traffic he was unable to complete the turn before the trailer was struck.

No one on the railroad vehicle crew was hurt. They helped Levasseur until the first responders arrived, Kleinberg said.

The crew was operating a maintenance vehicle that pulls a train cars loaded with equipment down the tracks. The equipment checks for flaws in the train tracks, Kleinberg said.

A condition report on Levasseur was not immediately available, Tuesday afternoon. 

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