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A man was critically injured and flown to a local trauma center after a train struck his car as he tried to drive through a railroad crossing in Brandywine on Wednesday, according to emergency officials.

Around 4:30 p.m., a 25-year-old man was attempting to cross the railroad tracks at the crossing with Brandywine Road, near the intersection with Cherry Tree Crossing Road just north of the Charles County line, when a CSX train traveling northbound collided with his vehicle, said Mark Brady, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department.

Prince George’s County police said in a statement that the driver was ejected from his 2001 Ford Mustang during the collision and suffered “serious head trauma.” Police said CSX employees on the train were not injured in the crash.

Charnay Anderson, a county police spokeswoman, said there were no updates on the driver’s condition Thursday morning.

Wednesday’s incident was the first collision between a car and train at the intersection “in recent memory,” Brady said.

The driver, whose identity had not been released Wednesday afternoon, sustained “critical life-threatening injuries” in the crash, Brady said.

The railroad crossing is at street level and not protected by crossing arms, although it does have standard railroad warning lights, Brady said.

“I suspect that traffic has increased over the years with the growth in that corridor of Brandywine Road,” Brady said.

ewagner@gazette.net