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May 7, 2013

Officials: Driver 'real lucky' to escape train, truck collision

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"It was an unloaded coal train," said McBeth.

"That train driver was taking it pretty hard," Craff said Tuesday afternoon, "but there was nothing he could do. You saw how long it took to stop, even ... locked up at 30 mph, it didn't stop until at least Union Street."

McBeth said her initial report shows that two occupants were in the pickup, and they suffered minor injuries.

An official at the scene who did not identify the occupants said that none of the injuries appear to be life-threatening. Federal regulation limits the amount of information that can be released about a patient. The pickup truck, with its front end smashed and torn open, was removed after emergency personnel were already on the scene. But they hadn't pulled the truck away from the train. That's just how the truck landed.

"When she hit, the front end hit the train and spun that truck around," Craff said. "The [engineer was so] concerned about them. They were real lucky."

To see reporter Mark Newman's Twitter page, go to @couriermark. For more on railroad safety, go to http://oli.org/

 

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