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Police: Driver causes Madison train crash; leaves scene

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison police are searching for the driver who caused a crash with a train, then ran from the scene.

Just after midnight Thursday, police were called to East Johnson Street near Fordem Avenue. The suspect drove around the lowered railroad crossing arms and was hit by a slow-moving southbound freight train. Police say the train pushed the car about 100 feet.

The driver was apparently not hurt and no one on the train was hurt, but police say the driver took off running. The train was checked for damage and none was found. The train backed up, and Commercial Street was blocked for about an hour while the train company checked equipment.

Police are still searching for the driver. Sgt. Paul Jacobsen says he did not own the vehicle he was driving. He's described as a black man in his early 30s, about 6'2" tall with shoulder length dreadlocks. He was possibly wearing a leather jacket.

The investigating is ongoing.

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