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Driver injured when car slams into freight train in Mansfield

A driver was injured after his car slammed into a CSX freight train in Mansfield Monday afternoon, the Mansfield Fire Department said.

“Considering the possibilities, I think that this gentleman got out of his car with very ­minor injuries,” said Fire Chief Neal A. Boldrighini. “His car was a relatively new car, and it had air bags all over the place, so he was really well protected.”

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It was not immediately known what type of car the man, who was not identified, was driving. The car drove into the train, which was crossing Forbes Boulevard at low speed, at around noon, Boldrighini said. The street is part of an industrial area, and trains passing through are required to cross the road slowly. A flagman is also on site, he said.

The CSX train serves ­businesses in Mansfield and Walpole, said a CSX spokesman, Bob Sullivan.

Boldrighini said police told him the man acknowledged he was using a cellphone.

“We’ve seen some really horrific crashes because of cellphones,” he said. “It is easy to become distracted by a cellphone.” He recommended that drivers who must use a phone pull to the side of the road or use a wireless headset.

A medical helicopter was called for the driver, who was taken to Rhode Island Hospital for injuries that were not believed­ to be life-threatening.

There were no injuries to the train crew and little damage to the train, Sullivan said.

Sarah N. Mattero can be reached at sarah.mattero@
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