Tracks cleared hours after train collides with truck killing truck driver

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by 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on October 4, 2012 at 4:26 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 2:25 PM

Suffolk train accident

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SUFFOLK--  Crews spent hours Thursday working to remove the CSX engine that collided with a tractor trailer cab at about 2:30 p.m., killing the driver of the truck.

The collision happened along the CSX railroad tracks near O'Malley's Used Auto Parts, which sits back off Portsmouth Boulevard.

"It was inevitable," James Moran told 13News as he stood a crossing below where the crash took place.

"There's no lights. You can, basically, keep up with 'em while you're driving down the highway," Moran said, referring to the trains that come through the area. "These guys come through here screaming, and you can't see, you can't hardly see the train tracks when you go to cross the road."

There are several businesses that, like O'Malley's, rely on crossings to connect them to Portsmouth Boulevard. The crossing at the auto parts business and other crossings have signs marking them.

"It's, basically, you got to creep up until you see, and, sometimes, the front of your vehicle's over the tracks before you even see what's coming, especially with a tractor trailer," explained Moran.

The train's engineer and conductor were not hurt during the collision.The diesel engine was pulling four rail cars loaded with rocks. 

13News called CSX's after-hours number for media Thursday afternoon, but no one with the company returned that call.

 


 

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