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Glare Blamed For Accident

Last updated on Friday, August 17, 2012

(SEYMOUR) - Railroad maintenance equipment jarred 55-year-old Kevin Maschino, of Seymour, sending him to Schneck Medical Center for Treatment.

Maschino struck the parked equipment, called a ballast regulator, while driving east on Bruce Street around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

A ballast regulator is a combination road grader and street sweeper for railroad tracks.

Maschino was taken to the hospital after complaining of pain and glass from his vehicle's shattered windshield peppered his face, requiring stitches.

Seymour Police Cpl. Tim Toborg says, Maschino's nose was cut by the bridge of his glasses.

Maschino told police the sun's glare cause him not to see the flasher or the equipment.

Police say he just drove right into the equipment. The ballast regulator was parked on the Louisville & Indiana Railroad tracks just south of Tipton Street while its operator, 33-year-old Daniel Becker, of Connersville, flipped a switch from the side rail to the main line.

Becker is an employee of All Track Inc. in Pendleton. Police say Becker was off the equipment when the accident happened and was not injured.

Police say the tail of the equipment was in the intersection. That tail, a V-shaped piece of heavy metal similar to a snow plow, drove into the right side of the car, smashing the door frame and buckling the windshield.

Toborg says no citations were issued.

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