This York Rail Co. train clipped a pickup truck that tried to beat the train across railroad tracks along Route 116 in North Codorus Township on Tuesday,
This York Rail Co. train clipped a pickup truck that tried to beat the train across railroad tracks along Route 116 in North Codorus Township on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Southwestern Regional Police)

A Spring Grove driver who thought he could beat an oncoming train caused a fairly minor crash with a York Railway Co. train along Route 116 in North Codorus Township Tuesday, according to police, who said the man escaped injury.

According to Southwestern Regional Police, John Brenneman of Spring Grove was eastbound on the rural highway about 9:50 a.m. and was approaching a train crossing at the Ambau Road intersection.

Brenneman turned onto Ambau Road and didn't slow down because he thought he could beat the train, police said.

At the last second, he hit his brakes but didn't stop in time, causing the front of his truck to be clipped by the passing train, police said.

Brenneman wasn't hurt, but his truck sustained moderate damage, according to police, who said no damage was reported by York Railway.

The crash forced police to close that portion of Route 116 until about 10:45 a.m.

Police said drivers need to be aware that it takes trains quite a bit of time and distance to stop, which is why they have the right-of-way at crossings.

-- Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.