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This story was updated at 12:17 p.m. Feb. 7, 2013.

A man was critically injured after a train struck his vehicle as he tried to cross a Brandywine railroad crossing Wednesday, according to emergency officials.

Around 4:30 p.m., a 25-year-old man was attempting to cross the railroad tracks at the crossing with Brandywine Road, near the intersection with Cherry Tree Crossing Road, when a CSX train traveling north collided with his vehicle, said Mark Brady, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department.

Prince George’s County police said in a statement that the driver was ejected from his 2001 Ford Mustang during the collision and suffered “serious head trauma.” Police said the CSX employees on the train were not injured.

The driver was flown to a trauma center, emergency officials said. Charnay Anderson, a county police spokeswoman, said there were no updates on the driver’s condition Thursday morning.

The incident was the first collision between a vehicle and train at the intersection “in recent memory,” Brady said.

The driver, whose identity had not been released Thursday morning, sustained “critical life-threatening injuries” in the crash, Brady said.

The railroad crossing is at street level and does not have crossing arms, although it does have standard railroad warning lights, Brady said.

ewagner@gazette.net