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Truck driver tried to go around crossing arms before semi trailer was struck by train, troopers say

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Indiana State Police (ISP) say that a truck driver who disregarding warning lights and crossing arms at a railroad crossing was not hurt when his truck’s trailer was hit by an oncoming train on Monday.

The incident occurred around 5:30 p.m. on June 12 near St. Joe, Indiana.

According to ISP, Indiana resident Anthony Ball, 59, was behind the wheel of a Kenworth truck traveling north on County Road 63 when he “stopped at the tracks and then disregarded the crossing arms. Ball attempted to drive his semi around the crossing arms and across the tracks. The rail crossing arms were activated because there was a westbound CSX train approaching the C.R. 63 crossing at a reported 36 m.p.h.”

Troopers say that the tractor cleared the tracks but the flatbed trailer did not.

The CSX train pushed the trailer onto the the railway cantilever/crossing arm assembly, resulting in major damage to the cantilever assembly.

No injuries were reported.

Troopers say there were no derailment or loss of load issues.

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