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Atmore man pulls into train’s path, seriously injured

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A 20-year-old Atmore man was seriously injured late Thursday night (Dec. 13) after he apparently pulled his vehicle into the path of an oncoming freight train near Cantonment, Fla.
According to Florida Highway Patrol reports, Dustin Ryan Crumbley was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital after the crash, which occurred around 11:45 p.m. at the intersection of Jacks Branch and Muscogee roads in the Panhandle community.
Reports show that Crumbley was driving a 2000 Toyota Tundra northward on Jacks Branch Road, approaching Muscogee, and a “single-track railway system owned by Alabama Gulf Coast Railway” was westbound toward the railway crossing at Jacks Branch.
The Atmore man, who reportedly was not wearing a seat belt, failed to stop in time and traveled into the train’s path.
According to FHP reports, the front-passenger side of the Tundra collided with the front of the locomotive and “rotated in a counter-clockwise direction and rolled onto its passenger side.”
Crumbley, who was charged with failure to obey a railroad crossing traffic control device and with a seatbelt violation, was taken by ambulance to Sacred Heart Hospital. Latest reports are that he was in stable condition.