Train hits vehicle on Long Beach railroad tracks

A CSX railroad train struck a Chevrolet pickup truck Sunday afternoon in Long Beach, the Police Department confirmed.

An initial interview indicates the driver pulled up to the tracks, saw the train, then tried to “gun it and get over the tracks,” said police Lt. Kipper Thomas. Thomas said the investigation is ongoing, with further information expected from the driver and passenger, who were being treated for injuries at Gulfport Memorial Hospital.

Thomas said their injuries were not life-threatening. Emergency personnel had to remove the passenger from the truck by popping open the door, which was jammed during the the crash at South Island View Avenue and West Railroad Street.

Anita Lee: 228-896-2331, @calee99