1 flown after car collides with train in Ravia

One person was flown after a car collided with a train in Ravia (Johnston County Sheriff's Office)

RAVIA, Okla. (KXII) - The Johnston County Sheriff's Office says one person is injured after being trapped in a car that collided with a train in Ravia Saturday night.

Troopers say Joe Lyons, 51, of Ravia went around the flashing railroad crossing arms when his SUV was struck by a BNSF train.

Tanner Hinton was waiting at the intersection and saw another car cross the tracks just moments before the train came.

"When it collided, glass shattered everywhere and just carried, literally carried the car away," said Hinton.

The crash happened right before his eyes. He was stopped on State Highway 1 near the train tracks around 9 p.m. Saturday.

His wife was in her car on the other side of the tracks with their two daughters inside.

"At their age, being as young as they are it was hard for them to process," Hinton said.

Officials say the train pushed Lyons' car about a half-mile down the track and first responders had to walk on foot to get there. The conductor was waiting with the car.

Ravia Volunteer Fire Chief Curtis Parker says another train was at rest on the opposite side. He believes that train blocked Lyons' view of the oncoming train.

"I was there sitting for no more than five minutes. And it was just unusual to me that they were trying to beat it so quickly," Hinton said.

Troopers say the 51-year-old was taken to an area hospital and later flown to an Oklahoma City hospital in critical condition.

Parker says as of Sunday evening he's in still in the hospital in stable condition.

The conductor of the train was not injured.

State Highway 1 was closed between SH 199 and SH 22 from Saturday night through early Sunday morning.


One person was flown after a train collided with a vehicle in Ravia. (Johnston County Sheriff's Office)
One person has been flown after a train collided with a vehicle in Ravia. (Johnston County Sheriff's Office)
One person was flown to the hospital after a train and car collided in Ravia (Johnston County Sheriff's Office)