MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Authorities in Sawyer County say a 53-year-old man is hospitalized after his vehicle struck the side of a train Wednesday evening.

According to the sheriff’s office, emergency crews responded around 5 p.m. to a crash near the intersection of State Highway 48 and Canaday Road in the Town of Weirgor.

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Upon arrival, deputies learned that a 2003 Chevrolet Silverado was traveling east on Hwy 48 and made a right turn on Canaday road. The vehicle, driven by Jeffery Waite of Exeland, struck the side of a southbound Canadian National Railroad locomotive as the train crossed Canaday Road.

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Waite was airlifted to a local hospital for treatment. His condition is unknown at this time. Authorities say no other injuries were reported.

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The crash is currently under investigation by the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office. It is believed alcohol may have been a contributing factor to the crash, officials say.

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