Train-pickup collision sends teen to hospital

Friday, January 19, 2018
First responders used extrication equipment to remove an 18-year-old driver from a vehicle that collided with a train in Purdy on Friday. Murray Bishoff/

Extrication needed to free 18-year-old before being flown out

A collision between a 1995 Chevrolet pickup and a southbound Arkansas-Missouri freight train at 12:57 p.m. on Friday at the Washington Street crossing in Purdy sent the pickup driver to a Springfield hospital.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, Alonzo Barrientos, 18, of Purdy, suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Mercy Hospital in Springfield.

According to Purdy Police Chief Jackie Lowe, Barrientos was eastbound on Washington when he failed to yield for the train, which had nearly reached the crossing. The bells on the crossing were working, and the train horn was sounding, Lowe said. The Highway Patrol report said the crossing is marked by a crossbuck only.

The train hit the truck and sent it spinning for approximately 50 feet before it stopped against the Purdy Farm Center.

Mill employees and Purdy firefighters in the station at the intersection were on the scene immediately. The train cleared the intersection at Highway C before stopping.

The subject was flown from a landing zone at RM Industries, set up by Monett firefighters.

Emergency responders, loaded the subject on a Barry-Lawrence Ambulance after an extended extrication.

It is unknown if Barrientos was wearing a safety device. The conductor of the train was Michael Richardson, 49, of Lowell, Ark.

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