Construction worker dies after train collides with heavy equipment

Construction worker dies after train collides with heavy equipment
The City of Opelika said the collision happened at Cunningham Drive where it intersects with a CSX railroad crossing. (Source: City of Opelika)

OPELIKA, Ala. (WSFA) - Lee County officials say a construction worker has died after being struck by a train while operating a piece of heavy machinery.

Lee County Coroner Bill Harris says the 27-year-old victim died after being airlifted to UAB Hospital in Birmingham for treatment of his injuries.

The City of Opelika said the collision happened at Cunningham Drive where it intersects with a CSX railroad crossing.

Opelika police responded to the scene and found the train had struck a large construction vehicle.

Harris said the victim had suffered massive internal injuries.

The area of Cunningham Drive was blocked for several hours while crews cleaned the area. It has since reopened to traffic.

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