Train Collides with Wide Load

LIBERTY, May 9, 2012 – Around 8:50 PM on Wednesday an 18 wheeler pulling a low clearance trailer with what appeared to be a large coil of oilfield tubing made a wrong turn and wound up on San Jacinto Street.

The truck proceeded south on San Jacinto and attempted to cross the railroad tracks just before reaching Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive where the trailer got hung up on the tracks. arrived around 9:20 PM and took photos of the load and spoke with Officer Josh Cummins who told us that all trains had been shut down and everyone was waiting for the arrival of Smith Towing to help remove the trailer and truck from the tracks.

About 10 minutes later everyone heard the sound of the train whistle and then could see light coming form an approaching train traveling westbound from near the SH 146 Bypass. You could tell the train was approaching by the changing sound of the whistle as the train approached.

All emergency vehicles were immediately removed from the area as Officer Cummins began attempting to notify police dispatchers to contact the Rail Road and inform them of the approaching train.

The train appeared to be attempting to slow down when it collided with the trailer carrying the wide load.

All train traffic on the tracks was halted as Smith Towing arrived on the scene to assist in clearing the accident.

It may take considerable time before the train and rig are removed from the tracks and the situation returns to normal. Please take an alternate route and avoid the area.

Around 11:30 PM Officer Josh Cummins told that it would be several hours until all the mess was cleaned up as railroad crews to assist in moving the train were in route but would not arrive for another two hours. It would be necessary to move the train before debris and the load on the trailer could be moved.

Additionally the engineer on the Union Pacific Train was transported by Liberty Ambulance to the hospital for observation and the driver of the truck was transported to the hospital for reasons unrelated to the accident.

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