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Report: Driver fell asleep, crashed into train in SC

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CHESTER COUNTY, SC (WBTV) -

Investigators say a man has been airlifted to a Charlotte hospital after the vehicle he was riding in collided with a Norfolk Southern train in Chester County.

According to officials in Chester County, the man was flown to Carolinas Medical Center-Main in Charlotte after the train accident on Thursday morning.

Officials told WBTV the accident occurred between the train and a road-rail vehicle, a truck that is specifically designed to ride on the tracks.  It occurred in the Leeds area.

The vehicle was operated by Loram Maintenance of Way, which is based in Minnesota.  The company does contract work on railroads across the country.

Officials told WBTV there are reports that he fell asleep before the wreck occurred and crashed into the back of the train.

The driver was out straightening tracks in the area.

WBTV has learneed he is being treated for multiple traumatic injuries.

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