A passerby captured stunning video of a Norfolk Southern train striking a truck hauling an oversized load in Tennessee on Tuesday afternoon.
The incident occurred around noon on December 20 at University Drive and Apison Pike in Collegedale, Tennessee.
Chattanooga Fire is assisting with a train derailment in Collegedale. It happened Tues afternoon (12/20/22) at Apison Pike & University Dr. Chattanooga companies on scene: Battalion Chief for District 1, Battalion Chief for District 2, Special Operations Division, CFD Hazmat Team pic.twitter.com/yFWcgbwbBX
— Chattanooga Fire Department (@ChattFireDept) December 20, 2022
Hamilton County Emergency Services explained the circumstances leading to the train derailment:
“According to fire officials, the driver of the tractor trailer was stopped on the railroad tracks waiting for the light to turn green on Tucker Road. During that time, Norfolk Southern railroad activated its crossing arms. The tractor trailer was unsuccessful of clearing the railroad tracks and was hit by the train. Three locomotives and 10 railroad cars derailed and slammed into each other causing a disastrous mess!“
The truck was hauling a 134 foot concrete bridge beam, Collegedale Police say.
WTVC reports that two Norfolk Southern workers were hospitalized. The truck driver wasn’t injured.
See video of the train vs. truck crash below.
You can also see drone video of the crash aftermath below.