DUDLEY, Mo. - Three Essex residents sustained serious injuries Saturday morning when the vehicle in which they were traveling failed to stop at a marked railroad crossing southwest of Dudley on County Road 691 and was struck by on oncoming eastbound train.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the accident occurred at 10:40 a.m. Saturday at a rural crossing located about 300 feet south of old Highway 60.
Driving the truck was Gary Sanders, 47. Sanders was taken by ambulance to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau for treatment.
A passenger, Earl E. Christian, 21, was airlifted to St. Francis Medical Center. A second passenger, Kayla L. Christian, 27, was taken by ambulance to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.
According to the patrol, none of the truck's occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident.
Responding to the scene were the Highway Patrol, Stoddard County EMS, Stoddard County Sheriff's Department and members of the Dudley Fire Department.