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May 28, 2013 9:00 PM by Juice Godfrey

Train, truck collide in southeastern Colorado

SPRINGFIELD, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say a train has collided with a tractor pulling a flatbed-style trailer in southeastern Colorado, sending the tractor-trailer driver to a hospital with second- and third-degree burns and causing traffic delays.

The Colorado State Patrol says the collision occurred around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday between a BNSF train and a truck on U.S. 287 in Baca County.

Witnesses told investigators the tractor-trailer began to skid as it approached the railroad before coming to a stop on the tracks. The train then collided with the tractor-trailer and pushed it about 1,360 feet before stopping.

Troopers say truck driver Ernest Ray Hicks, of Lamar, was flown to Aurora to be treated for burns. He was hospitalized in fair condition Tuesday evening.

Authorities say the train engineer and conductor weren't hurt.

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