South Dakota Teenage Driver Rescued After Truck-Train Crash
BLUNT, S.D. (AP) – A teenage boy from central South Dakota who was trapped after the truck he was driving crashed into a train is alive thanks to four men.
The Pierre Capital Journal reports the 16-year-old was driving a truck hauling two semitrailers full of wheat Thursday near Blunt when he slammed into the side of a Rapid City, Pierre & Eastern Railroad train.
The teenager was rescued by Chris Schafer, a former firefighter and nearby driver; two railroad engineers who were on the train; and a Blunt firefighter, who wishes to remain anonymous. Schafer says the cab was engulfed in fire within minutes of pulling the teenager out.
The teenager is in a Sioux Falls hospital and is recovering from critical injuries.
The Highway Patrol says charges are pending against the teenager.