Lone Tree man in critical condition after his car collides with a train in West Liberty

WEST LIBERTY, Iowa-- A man is in critical condition in Iowa City after his car was hit by a train in West Liberty, Iowa.

Police say the accident happened just before 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. That's when police responded to a car versus an Iowa Interstate train on the 200 block of North Calhoun.

The car, driven by 44-year-old Chanel Charles of Lone Tree, was pushed along by the train for about two blocks coming to rest on the north side of Prairie Street.

Charles was the only passenger in the car.

Police say he was extricated by the West Liberty Fire department and ambulance service using the JAWS of life. CharlesĀ  was then flown by helicopter to the University of Iowa Hospitals in critical condition.

The West Liberty Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Muscatine County Sheriff's Office, West Liberty Fire and Ambulance, and the Iowa State Patrol.

The crash is still under investigation. The crash happened at an intersection with working flashing red crossing lights.