Train-semi collision

Cleanup continues around a rail crossing at CR 171 and CR 420 near Angleton on Wednesday afternoon after a tractor-trailer became wedged on the tracks and was struck by an oncoming train.

ANGLETON — An oncoming train crashed into a semi-tractor trailer that became wedged on a train track, destroying the trailer and spewing fish pellets around the crossing, authorities said.

The collision happened at 10:25 a.m. Wednesday at CR 171 and Buchta Road, Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Stephen Woodard said.

“The truck was just crossing over the train track and the driver had landing gear malfunction, where the landing gear essentially high-centered on the track, and the truck couldn’t move,” Woodard said. “From there, the driver managed to exit from the side of his truck to save himself just as the accident happened.”

The truck carried bags of fish pellets, which scattered along the track upon impact with the train. Both the driver and the train conductor were unharmed, Woodard said.

“Cleaning crews are working on clearing up the area right now,” Woodard said.

The trooper didn't have an estimate on how long the cleanup might take.

"We're done with our investigation, and I am unsure at this point when that road will be cleared for crossing," Woodard said. 

Alexa Crenshaw is a reporter for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0155. ​

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