Train VS Semi Truck
Published November 23, 2006

TEXAS CITY — A tractor-trailer rig carrying sand was hit by a train Wednesday while trying to cross the tracks at Wetzel Road along state Highway 3.

The truck was making a left turn onto Wetzel Road while coming out of a gravel pit just before 9 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The train pushed the tractor-trailer about 300 yards until it came to a stop.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was transported to Mainland Medical Center for shoulder pain, but had no major injuries, Texas City Fire Department Captain Mark Leonhardt said.

The conductor of the train was not injured.

Officers diverted southbound traffic on highway 3 to Century Boulevard while northbound traffic drove in the left lane around emergency vehicles.

The crossing at Wetzel road has not lights or arms to notify drivers of approaching trains, but Union Pacific accident investigator Irene Urquidi said she didn’t think the driver looked for the train, even though he stopped before the tracks.

The truck’s front end crumpled and the cab twisted during the crash.

The collision also damaged the front end of the locomotive, but Urquidi said they didn’t know the extent of the damage yet.