WHITE BLUFF, Tenn. – A Dickson County teenager was rushed to the hospital after a collision with a train left him fighting for his life.
The crash happened on White Bluff Road near Highway 70 in White Bluff around 4 p.m. Wednesday. Police said the 18-year-old driver collided with the train as he tried to drive his truck across the tracks.
The CSX train pushed the truck nearly a quarter-mile down the track before it could come to a stop, severely damaging the vehicle. Highway 70 was closed in both directions, with the train stopped on the tracks.
Officers from the White Bluff Police Department, Dickson County Sheriff's Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the scene.
There was only one person in the car, and he was the only one injured.
The teen was transported by LifeFlight medical helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
"From all indications he just misjudged the train," said Chief Michael Holman with the White Bluff Police Department. "We are still waiting to get more information back from CSX."
The driver was listed in critical condition. Police did not release the victim's name, but said he had just graduated from Creekwood High School in Charlotte, Tennessee and is well known in the community.
White Bluff police continued to investigate the cause of the crash.
Officials said there have only been two incidents of cars crashing into trains in the area in the last eight years.