RACINE — An early Monday morning truck versus train accident sent a local man to the hospital by way of helicopter.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, at apprxoimately 10 a.m. Nathanael G. Sampson, 69, of Seneca, was driving a 1997 Chevrolet pickup northbound on Falcon Road, one mile east of Racine. The report noted that Sampson failed to yield at a railroad crossing and drove into the path of a westbound BSNF GE Dash 9 train driven by Eric T. Williams, Oologah, Okla. The report noted that a crossbuck warning sign was present at the crossing.
Sampson received serious injuries and was airlifted to Freeman West Hospital, Joplin. An updated condition status was unavailable as of presstime Monday evening.
The truck was totaled, with minor damage to the train.