On Monday afternoon, in Magnolia, Texas, a truck stalled on the tracks along F.M. 1488 and F.M. 1774 and was struck by an oncoming train, KSLA reported.
According to KSLA, the train rounded the curve and attempted to stop but was unable to slow in time.
There are conflicting reports about what caused the truck to stop on the tracks. ABC Local has reported that the truck did not stall, it became high-centered on the tracks and the Montgomery County Police Reporter stated that the truck driver stopped because he was fearful that he could not safely pass under the power lines.
“According to police, the truck was hauling a $2 million piece of oilfield equipment from Houston to Monterrey, Mexico. Officials said the trailer had a low clearance and bottomed out on the tracks,” ABC Local reported.
“The truck was hung under the crossing as the train approached. A road crew member who was assisting in moving the oversize load by raising power lines and lighting saw the train coming and yelled out a warning. The driver of the truck who spoke little english was pulled from the truck by another road crew member just before impact,” the Montgomery County Police Reporter reported.
There were no injuries reported, though the truck was obliterated.
Local authorities are investigating to determine the actual cause of the accident.