Driver killed when train slams into big rig

July 29, 2010 2:54:30 AM PDT
Tragedy unfolded along some railroad tracks in Liberty County Wednesday night. A freight train struck a big rig and pushed it nearly a mile down the tracks, killing the driver inside. It all unfolded just north of FM 1960 near Dayton. We're told several 18-wheelers were loading railroad ties for a project when the accident happened.

The driver of one of the 18-wheelers moved his rig onto the tracks and investigators say he likely never saw the train coming. The train struck the big rig at County Road 622 and pushed it about a mile down the tracks.

The rig was reportedly engulfed in flames as it traveled all the way down the tracks, stopping just short of County Road 686. The driver was killed.

There were two people on the train who were both OK.

There's no danger to the area from hazardous materials, investigators say, as the train was carrying beer and cars.

DPS investigators have not yet released the name of the man driver who perished.


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