Driver Hurt As Amtrak Train Slams Into 18-Wheeler
June 29, 2012 8:44 PM
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – The driver of a tractor trailer rig carrying grass pallets is hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after an Amtrak train slammed into the truck’s cab at a private crossing in far western Arlington.
The crash happened about 5 p.m. Friday on the driveway to the Howell Farms banquet center, just off Texas 180 near the Arlington-Fort Worth line.
Arlington police spokeswoman Zhivonni McDonnell tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (http://bit.ly/MH7OB6) that the locomotive of the westbound Texas Eagle, carrying 140 passengers and crew on its Chicago-to-San Antonio run, tore the tractor from the trailer and dragged it 300 feet down the Union Pacific track.
Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm says the train remained on the tracks and that no one aboard was hurt. However, McDonnell says a few passengers did seek medical attention.