Pickup driver was "dizzy" prior to Gering train collision

A Scottsbluff man escaped serious injury Tuesday morning after he drove his pickup into a westbound Union Pacific coal train at the 10th Street crossing in Gering.

Gering Police say it appears 60 year old Michael Green became disoriented as he was traveling north on 10th Street and went around the gate arms at the crossing and drove into one of the empty coal cars on the moving train.

The front end of the vehicle received heavy damage but Green was not injured, although his wife did respond to the location and took him to Regional West Medical Center as a precaution. It is not known what caused Green to be disoriented, although Police say he indicated he "was dizzy" just prior to the accident.

The accident happened shortly before 9 a.m. The crossing arms at the 10th Street crossing were not damaged, but several Gering crossings were blocked for about an hour and a half until a new train crew could respond and take over operations.

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