Train pushes SUV with driver inside from one crossing to the next in Dalton, Ga.

Train pushes SUV with driver inside from one crossing to the next in Dalton, Ga.

April 8th, 2014 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

A train hit an SUV in Dalton.

A train hit an SUV in Dalton.

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

DALTON, Ga. - Dalton police are investigating a crash involving an SUV and a train.

Witnesses told Dalton police that 68-year-old Rogelio Nieto-Martinez was driving on Tyler Street when the crossing gates blocking the road from the tracks lowered, according to a news release. Nieto-Martinez stopped momentarily in front of the tracks, witnesses said, but then he lurched forward.

The train hit the SUV "at a low rate of speed" and pushed it a quarter of a mile to the next intersection at Long Street. Paramedics then took Nieto-Martinez to Erlanger Medical Center, according to the release. His condition is not known at this time.

A spokeswoman at Erlanger Medical Center said doctors are still evaluating Nieto-Martinez's condition.

This is the third vehicle-related train accident in the Chattanooga area so far this month.

An 80-year-old man was killed when his pickup truck was hit by a train April 2, and another train ripped an 18-wheeler apart on April 3.