UPDATE: Train, tractor-trailer collide in Chesapeake

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 28 at 6:40 PM

Train Accident

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CHESAPEAKE -- A train and tractor-trailer collided in Chesapeake Friday afternoon.

The accident occurred near the intersection of W. Military Highway and Snowden Street, near the Hampton Roads Executive Airport, around noon.

The tractor-trailer driver, Bob Lietz, told 13News Now even though he looks two or three times when he crosses the tracks, he can't always see or hear the trains coming. 

"There’s no lights at the tracks at all. There is nothing. I slowed down, looked down as far as I could see because of the tree line, and when I didn’t see anything or hear anything I proceeded over. My truck was almost half way over, and the next thing I know I was sitting in a ditch," Lietz said.

Lietz’s son, Justin, rushed to make sure his dad was okay.

"I’m just glad I still have my dad, I pray to God that I still have him," Justin Lietz said. 

Bob Lietz was hauling paper and the train was hauling grain.   

Several 13News Now viewers said there was debris scattered in the road.

Dan Swartz wrote on the 13News Now Facebook page, "Engine is about half mile from the intersection with moderate front end damage."

Leitz has minor injuries, said Officer Kelly O'Sullivan.

Keith Bartee lives near the tracks and said he thinks the crossing is dangerous because it doesn't have any lights or a crossing arm.

"This is a disaster waiting to happen," Bartee said. 

Statement from the City of Chesapeake:
As is the case with any serious accident, City Police and Public Works personnel will carefully evaluate the circumstances and determine if changes are needed to any aspect of the intersection/crossing. Staff will also work closely with railroad and other stakeholders in making these decisions. It would be premature at this early stage to say what, if any, changes are warranted by today’s incident - Heath E. Covey, Public Information Coordinator for the City of Chesapeake

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