PAINESVILLE TOWNSHIP -- A Conneaut man was lucky to escape with only minor injuries Wednesday afternoon after his pickup truck was hit by a train and tossed about 70 feet.
John Blare, 33, was treated and released at the Tri Point Medical Campus, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Blare was one of several drivers who ignored crossing gates and flashing lights at the CSX crossing on Newell Street about 3:15 p.m..
The crossing, which consists of five sets of tracks, had a parked train on a middle set of tracks, which obstructed drivers' view of a train approaching on another set of tracks, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Several of the motorists ahead of Blare were able to clear the crossing, but Blair's 2006 Ford F-150 was struck on the driver's side in the bed area. The impact sent the truck airborne and caused it to spin 180 degrees and land 70 feet to the southwest of the crossing.
The train that struck Blare's truck was traveling 58 mph and consisted of two engines and 19 cars. Blare was wearing his seatbelt.
Painesville firefighters responded to the scene and had to extricate Blare from his truck.
He was issued a citation for disregarding his duties at a railroad crossing.