Gates come down, trapping semi-truck, causing train collision

A train hit a semi-truck, after gates meant to prevent a collision instead trapped the truck in the West First St., rail crossing, east of Athletic Park.

According to the city the this morning truck left the Vae Nortrak facility was unable to move out of the way fast enough after the railroad gates came down.

It’s an awkward intersection and those angles are hard to negotiate with a semi,” Communications Director Erin McDaniel said.

The train hit the trailer section of the semi, dragging the trailer and causing it to rip out one of the crossing gates, according to McDaniel.
While thankfully no one was seriously injured in the accident, the accident disabled the trains primary engine, leaving it and the 7,000 foot long train it was pulling parked across the First Street and Southwest 14
th St until an air hose on the engine can be placed.

Following the First Street intersection will remain closed for most of the day.
Once the train is moved, First Street will remain closed while BNSF evaluates and repairs damage to the gates and rails, which is expected to take most of the afternoon,” McDaniel said.