Cordele — A worker with Advanced Disposals was transported to Crisp Regional Hospital after a train struck the front end loader he was driving, ejecting him from the piece of equipment.
Officials with the Cordele Police and Fire Departments and Crisp Regional EMS responded to the scene at the railroad crossing on 22nd Avenue between 6th Street and 7th Street at around 10 a.m. Upon arrival they found the driver of the front end loader laying between the two sets of tracks a few feet from the equipment he had been driving. He suffered serious head and shoulder injuries in the incident. The piece of epuipment he was driving was said to be used traveling up and down alleyways picking up discarded yard debris such as limbs for disposal.
Due to weather conditions AirEvac would not be able to airlift the injured worker to another hospital. It was uncertain at the scene whether he would be transported by ambulance to another hospital. His name has not yet been released. The Dispatch will provide more information as we receive it.