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Driver of semi recovering after hit by train in Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- The Montana Highway Patrol says the driver of a semi-trailer that was struck by a freight train in northeastern Montana is recovering at a Billings hospital.

Trooper Ross Tuggle told The Billings Gazette it appeared 56-year-old Patrick Francis Parker of Sidney either didn't see the train or thought he could beat it across the track at a crossing between Culbertson and Bainville on Tuesday afternoon.

Tuggle says the Burlington Northern Santa Fe train crew says it looked like the driver was going to slow down, and then the truck pulled in front of the westbound train. BNSF officials say the train crew activated the emergency brakes, but could not stop in time.

Parker suffered broken ribs and teeth during the collision, but Tuggle says he is expected to go home on Friday.