UPDATE: Friday, July 13, 2012
A 19-year-old Harvey County man is hospitalized with critical injuries after a train hit his combine.
Sheriff T. Walton says the accident occurred Friday morning in rural Harvey County.
Walton says two men working in a nearby field witnessed the train heading northbound at the same time an eastbound tractor was crossing the tracks. A worker on the train tried to warn the tractor operator with the horn but was unsuccessful in getting his attention.
The tractor's swather was impaled on the front of the locomotive and dragged 1,290 feet. The force of the impact ejected the 19-year-old tractor operator. He was taken to a Wichita hospital in critical condition.
A Union Pacific freight train struck the combine at a crossing that is marked but has no lights, crossing arms or bells.
The man was flown to a Wichita hospital. No one on the train was injured.
Friday, July 13, 2012
One person has been critically injured after a train and a tractor collided near 127th Street East and 125th Street North.
The accident happened around 9:15 a.m. just north of the Harvey County line. The tractor was heading northbound on 127th Street, or South Grace Hill Road, when he was hit. There are no crossing arms or lights at that crossing.
A medical helicopter transported an approximately 19-year-old man from the scene with head injuries.
This is a developing story. KAKE News will bring you additional information as it becomes available.