A 21-year-old man was seriously injured when he tried to cross the train tracks at Tower Road and Highway 6 and was hit by the train.

The Santa Fe Police Department said the lights at the train track were flashing and the traffic arms were down, signaling a train was approaching. The man drove his pickup truck around the barriers at around 7 p.m. Friday and attempted to cross in front of the train when the truck was hit.

The train pushed the truck approximately 300 yards before it was able to stop.

Emergency personnel responded to the scene and shut down Highway 6 for hours while trying to get the man out of his truck. Police say he was alive and breathing on his own after being removed from the truck.

A helicopter was called in and the man was flown by air ambulance to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

His name and his condition have not been released.

Lanes of Highway 6 were re-opened after an hour but the full highway was not re-opened before 10 p.m.

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