TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – A motorcyclist in Tampa is in the hospital Wednesday morning after unsuccessfully trying to beat descending gates at a railroad crossing.
Tampa Police say a motorcyclist attempted to beat the gates going down at the railroad crossing in the 2600 block of East Hillsborough Ave on Wednesday, March 24.READ MORE: Operation Pinch-A-Grinch Returns
Authorities say the motorcyclist struck the gate and lost control causing his motorcycle to fall over and slide onto the railroad tracks. A CSX train was travelling southbound on the tracks. The conductor noticed the broken gate and saw the lights from the motorcycle.READ MORE: Man Arrested In Connection To A Homicide
He and the train engineer immediately applied the brakes and the motorcyclist was struck by the bottom of the train as he lay on the tracks.MORE NEWS: Northbound Lanes On Florida Avenue Will Be Closed Wednesday Night
The motorcyclist was transported to St Joseph’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.