Train-pickup crash

Two men were injured when a pickup truck collided with a train Thursday morning in rural Dakota County.

DAKOTA CITY -- A man was flown to Mercy Medical Center -- Sioux City around noon Thursday after a pickup truck collided with a BNSF train in Dakota County.

The blue Ford F-150 was on its roof and appeared to have sustained severe damage, primarily to the box -- contents of which were strewn several yards away from the truck. One wheel had been ripped off its axle. 

The incident occurred at the railroad crossing near Highway 77 and 200th Street. 

Dakota County Sheriff Chris Kleinberg said the man's injuries were probably not life-threatening. The man was reportedly a construction worker doing work on a nearby house. 

The man reportedly told authorities that once he noticed the train was coming at him, it was too late to stop and he was forced to hit the accelerator. 

"He stomped on the gas, otherwise it was going to hit him right in the door," Kleinberg said. 

Several local agencies responded to the scene. Traffic backed up for a short while but is flowing again in the area. 

This is a developing story. Check siouxcityjournal.com later for updates.

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