A truck was completely obliterated after getting stuck on some train tracks in New York on Thursday morning.
The incident happened on February 23rd in Haverstraw, New York near the intersection of Route 9W and New Main Street.
According to ABC 7 NY, a tractor trailer hauling titanium piping bottomed out on the tracks and got stuck. Witnesses realized what was happening and flagged down police, who quickly helped to get the driver out of the cab as a northbound train headed for the scene. The train then smashed into the truck, which was severely damaged in the impact.
Haverstraw, New Main St tracks. HPD & EMS for a train vs tractor trailer, trailer reportedly snapped in half. Haverstraw FD requested.#trainvstractor #trainaccident #Rockland #TRAIN pic.twitter.com/9ZCEwBkxeV— Rockland Buff (@Rockland_Buff) February 23, 2023
“This could have been a horrific tragedy, but smart thinking and quick action, including blocking other cars and pedestrians from entering the area, prevented that outcome,” Rockland County Legislature Chairman Jay Hood Jr. said. “I’m sure the driver of the truck and the driver of the train are shook up and I hope they’ll both be okay. Thank you to everyone who went to the scene in case there were other victims. It’s no surprise to me, and I’m sure many others, that the community really pulled together because that is what Haverstraw is all about.”
Officials warn people looking to travel through the area that the roadway may be closed for some time for extensive cleanup. Commuters are urged to plan an alternate route if possible.