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.

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