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UPDATE: Cunningham Road reopens after train collision
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UPDATE: Cunningham Road reopens after train collision

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Site of train collision with heavy equipment Tuesday in Opelika

Update: Tuesday, May 21, 8:29 p.m.

A 27-year-old man is dead after his dump tractor collided with a train near Tiger Town.

The driver, whose name is being withheld, was airlifted by Lifesaver helicopter to UAB Hospital in Birmingham. He suffered massive internal injuries and died from those injuries at 5:57 p.m. in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit at UAB, according to Lee County Coroner Bill Harris.

The CAT tractor pulling a trailer with dual dump bins over the CSX rail line on Cunningham Drive, just north of the shopping center, when it was struck by a westbound train, according to Opelika Police Capt. Shane Healey.

There are working lights at that rail crossing, but no stop arms. Healey added that it's not clear how fast, or even if, the vehicle was moving it was struck and thrown off the road.

Cunningham Drive, a north-south road about a mile west of Gateway Drive, was shut down until 3 p.m. with cleanup work. The train was parked until the road opened, according to Healey. 

The accident remains under investigation by the Opelika Police and the Lee County Coroner’s office.

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