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Jan 5, 2013 11:05 AM by Eugene Daniels

Man dies in crash with train in Fort Lupton

FORT LUPTON, Colo. (AP) - A man is dead after driving his pickup in front of passing train at a railroad crossing in Fort Lupton.

The collision happened just before 5 a.m. Friday.

The driver apparently didn't see the Union Pacific train approaching the crossing, which has stop signs but no lights or whistles. Police Sgt. William VanArsdale said witnesses, including the train's conductor, said the man's Toyota Tundra pickup was moving when the train's front locomotive struck it. The driver fell out of the truck, which caught fire.

The crossing is in an industrial area and is fairly busy.

Coroner's officials identified the victim as 55-year old Francisco Ardon (ar-DOHN'), of Aurora. His son tells KMGH-TV in Denver that Ardon had just finished an overnight shift at work when he was struck.

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