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GRANDY, Minn. (WCCO) — A 28-year-old North Branch man was injured when the dump truck he was driving was hit by a train near Grandy, Minn. on Monday.

According to the Isanti County Sheriff’s Office, the collision occurred shortly before 11 a.m. at a railroad crossing on 369th Avenue Northeast. There were no crossing arms at the location, only warning markers.

The driver of the truck, identified as Lief James Frauendienst, came to a stop at the railroad crossing, but proceeded through and was struck by the train. The train was reported to be traveling at 46 mph.

Frauendienst was pinned in the resulting wreckage and had to be extricated. He was conscious and alert as he was airlifted out of the area and to the hospital.

Frauendienst thought he had enough time to go across the tracks, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The accident is under investigation.

Grandy is north of Cambridge, Minn.

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