No injuries reported in Thursday accident at railroad crossing

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A BNSF train struck a pickup driven by Arthur Litteken of WIndthorst at a railroad crossing near Jolly Thursday.

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe train struck a pickup truck with three occupants Thursday afternoon on a private railroad crossing located on Hwy. 287, one mile north of Jolly.

There were no injuries in the accident, reported at 12:22 p.m.

Arthur Henry Litteken, 77, of Windthorst, was driving a 2009 Chevrolet three-quarter ton pickup registered to OK Concrete of Wichita Fall along the private drive. Litteken, who founded OK Concrete in 1970, and his passengers were testing the drive to make sure concrete trucks could use it to get to a job site.

DPS Trooper Chad Harden said that Litteken had pulled up to look at the crossing when he heard a train. As he attempted to back off the tracks, the train caught the pickup’s grill guard, spinning the truck a quarter turn, and off of the tracks, damaging the passenger’s side front fender.

The train or railroad track was not damaged.

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