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3 injured when truck crashes into train

CASS COUNTY, Mich. -- A driver and his two passengers were injured when a truck's brakes failed and collided with a train at a railroad crossing, according to the Cass County Sheriff's Office.

The driver, 44-year-old Dustin Hooker, was driving northbound on Savage Road near Waterstradt Street, approaching the railroad tracks, just before 6 p.m. Thursday when his brakes failed, reports said.

Hooker's truck collided with the passing train.

Hooker's passengers, 33-year-old Gayland Campbell and 43-year-old Paul Smith were ejected from the vehicle.

Smith was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition. Campbell and Hooker were both taken by ambulance to Bronson Hospital. Campbell was in critical condition and Hooker was stable.

The driver was wearing a seat belt, but the passengers were not.

Deputies said alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors in the crash.

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