Semi derails train in Splendora, resulting in 1 death
SPLENDORA, TX- The driver of a tractor trailer died after entering the path of an incoming train in Splendora on Feb. 13th, KHOU11 reports.
At 7:30a.m., the semi drove onto the railroad on Eastex Freeway and Midline Road. The driver of the semitruck died and the truck itself was pushed by the train when the collision occurred. The tractor trailer was left about a half mile away from the original location of impact.
Reports have indicated that there were no lights or guard arms to warn the semi of the oncoming train. However, the same reports indicate that the semi should also have seen the train very easily as nothing was obstructing the view.
About 15 compartments were derailed from the train tracks. The cleanup of diesel and debris, along with the investigation, all contributed to the closure of the road. The road was closed down for several hours. It was reported that no leaks other than diesel were occurring at the site.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, East Montgomery County Fire Department, the Texas Department of Transportation, Splendora Police Department, and hazmat emergency crews all responded to the emergency.
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