A Union Pacific train collided with an 18-wheel tractor trailer on Friday in a trucking accident on U.S. 90A and Harlem Road. Amazingly, the truck driver escaped injury, said police.
The train hit the 19-wheeler and split it in two, said a spokewoman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, whom is currently investigating the accident. There was no derailment and no injuries. In fact the train is still drivable.
After impact, the driver of the truck got out and was shaken up but seemingly uninjured, as police on the scene did not request ambulance assistance.
At this time, it is unclear why the 18-wheeler was on the tracks when the train approached. No further details were available.
A Union Pacific spokesman said, the 148-car train was carrying grain from Beaumont to Robstown and also reported no serious injuries in the accident.
Crews were on the scene working to make sure the train didn’t block roadways any longer than necessary. However, he added, railroad officials are required to download information from a locomotive’s “black box” after any accident – before the locomotive can be moved.
Such information includes train speed and the number of times the horn was blown.