A Bristol man is lucky to be alive this week after a train struck his vehicle last Saturday in Portsmouth, near the Middletown town line.
A 2012 Dodge Ram, operated by Marc Proulx of Bristol, was turning into the Carr Point Recreation Area off Burma Road on Oct. 27, when the vehicle was struck on its passenger side by an oncoming train.
The Newport Dinner Train was traveling south on the tracks adjacent to Burma Road at the time. The train pushed the Dodge Ram down the railroad tracks 20 feet before coming to a stop.
The driver, Proulx, was uninjured, according to Portsmouth police.
The vehicle sustained heavy damage as a result. A passenger side car on the train also sustained damage.
It is unknown if there is a railroad crossing with lights at this section. Signs about a railroad crossing are posted, according to police.
Carr Point is the recreational area for Naval Station Newport.