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COLUMBUS, Ind. — A Columbus city employee died Wednesday after his city-owned dump truck was hit by a Louisville & Indiana train.

Brandon Hendershot, 26, had worked for the city since Sept. 2019, according to The Republic newspaper.

The fatal accident happened shortly before 1 p.m. at the railroad crossing at Indianapolis and Long Roads, just south of U.S. 31.

When rescue crews arrived, bystanders were trying to help Hendershot, who police say had suffered “serious, life-threatening injuries”.

Hendershot was taken from the scene by helicopter but did not survive his injuries.

The crash is under investigation.

Columbus Mayor Jim Lienhoop said in a statement, “He was beloved by his family and co-workers. Our hearts go out to everyone who has been a part of Brandon’s life. My wife, Pam, and I both offer our sincere prayers and support to Brandon’s family.”