Train accident injures Moundville man

Friday, May 30, 2014
Firefighters examine Gilbert Harris' vehicle after removing him from the wreckage Wednesday afternoon. Harris' truck collided with a train at the intersection of Panama Road and Highway 43, and was pushed several hundred feet down the tracks. Nicole Garner/Daily Mail

Nevada Daily Mail

A Moundville man was pulled from the wreckage of his crushed truck following a collision with a train Wednesday afternoon.

Emergency crews responded to a call of an entrapped driver around 4:20 p.m. at the intersection of Panama and Highway 43, west of Nevada. The driver, who appeared to be unconscious when emergency personnel arrived on scene, was later identified as Gilbert Harris, 49, of Moundville.

Emergency responders carry Moundville resident Gilbert Harris to an ambulance after removing him from a crushed Ford F-150. Harris was injured when his vehicle collided with a train. Nicole Garner/Daily Mail

A Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report submitted by Corporal Jeffrey Baird said Harris failed to stop at the railroad crossing as a train approached. The train, operated by Lonnie Davis, 45, of Nevada, hit the right side of Harris' truck and pushed it several hundred feet down the tracks.

Harris was taken to Freeman Hospital West in Joplin for treatment of serious injuries. His vehicle was crushed during the accident.

Vernon County EMS, Vernon County Sheriff's deputies, and Deerfield and Nevada Fire departments responded to the accident.

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