VALLEY VIEW — A man whose truck was hit by a train about 30 yards north of FM 922 in Valley View yesterday remains in the hospital.

Jerry Lynn Williams, 39, of Sanger was taken by CareFlite to Fort Worth’s John Peter Smith Hospital early Monday morning.

A hospital spokesperson said his condition is listed as critical.

Cooke County Sheriff Mike Compton said Williams was near the railroad track on FM 922 just after 4:30 a.m. Monday morning when a train struck his vehicle.

Compton said an unidentified passerby apparently saw Williams’ vehicle near the train track with a train approaching and called the sheriff’s department using his cell phone.

“We dispatched a unit (to the scene) but the train got to the truck first and hit it,” Compton said.

The hospital did not comment on the extent of Williams’ injuries due to patient privacy laws.

Compton said since the accident occurred on Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway property, the company will conduct its own investigation of the incident.

Joe Faust, director of public affairs for BNSF said the accident was somewhat unusual.

“The accident was not actually on the crossing. It occurred about four to five car lengths from the crossing,” Faust said.

He said the northbound train was headed from Alliance Airport to Gainesville.

According to Faust, a passenger in Williams’ vehicle was not seriously injured.

Faust also said the locomotive involved in the accident sustained damage on the engineer’s side.

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