DeSoto deputy struck by train
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A DeSoto County Deputy Sheriff was struck and injured as his patrol car collided with a freight train near Vaiden and McCracken roads in Hernando around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, but has since recovered from his injuries.  

DeSoto County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Macon Moore said the injured deputy, who had the rank of detective, was transported to Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto, where he was later released. 

"The deputy received minor injuries," Moore said. "We were all just up at the hospital visiting with him and making sure he was okay. We were lucky."

Moore said late Wednesday that the detective was already back at work at the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department.

According to Moore, the detective was en route to his job at the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department Administrative building off Industrial Drive West when the accident occurred.

The noon hour is a very busy hour with both rail and vehicular traffic in the Hernando area.

Railroad crossing lights are present at the crossing on Vaiden Road.

The accident is still under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Robert Lee Long is Community Editor of the DeSoto Times-Tribune. He may be contacted at rlong@desototimestribune.com or at 662-429-6397, Ext. 252.

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