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John Blare had just started a brand new job working for Lubrizol in Painesville.

He was driving home and over some railroad tracks when he was hit by an oncoming train.

And when you see his truck, you'll be amazed that he was able to walk away from the accident.

Blare is either the luckiest guy around or the unluckiest.

"I realized, 'Oh man, I just got hit by a train!' I'm like, 'This is great,' " says Blare.

Yesterday afternoon, Blare sat at a railroad crossing on Newell Street in Painesville Township.

The gates were down.

The lights were flashing.

But after waiting, he says, for half an hour, four drivers in front of him started going around the gates.

"I just followed them and never even saw the train. Next thing I know, I have a woman asking me if I'm OK," says Blare.

The impact of the crash sent Blare's truck flying 70 feet.

It spun around 180 degrees.

And rescuers on scene say if the train had hit Blare four inches closer to the cab, he probably wouldn't have been able to walk away from the accident.

"The paramedics said I was very lucky," says Blare.

And he was lucky.

The train was barreling through that crossing at 58 mph.

Yet his only bruises are minor: one on his neck from the seat belt, a nick on his ear and a sore shoulder.

When you ask him how he's feeling today: "Sore. Very lucky. Gives you a new outlook on life, you know?"

Blare was issued a citation for disregarding his duties at a railroad crossing.

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