Citations are pending as investigators try to determine the cause of an SUV-train collision in Kennard.
According to Capt. Aaron Brensel of the Washington County sheriff's office, a Chevrolet Equinox, driven by Duane G. Wilcox, 85, of Kennard, was stopped on the track on S-89A, which is the main entrance to the village. The SUV was struck by a Union Pacific train headed west around 1:33 p.m.
Wilcox was crossing the railroad tracks when the arms closed and the vehicle was stuck between the gates. Wilcox attempted to back out but was unable to do so prior to the train striking the front end of his car on the driver's side, according to Brensel.
Washington County sheriff's deputies, Nebraska State Patrol, Union Pacific police and Blair and Kennard fire and rescue personnel responded to the accident.
The sheriff's office is waiting for medical records to be released from CHI Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy, as well as train video from Union Pacific.
Wilcox was taken by medical helicopter to the hospital with serious injuries.