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Train strikes pickup truck near NE Houston, killing driver

HARRIS COUNTY, TX — A 69-year-old man died Monday morning after his pickup truck was struck by a train near northeast Houston, reports ABC13.

The fatal collision occurred on the Union Pacific tracks at 11699 Mesa Drive, just before 8:00 a.m.

According to Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputies, the man was behind the wheel of a white GMC pickup truck that was towing a homemade utility trailer when he tried to drive around the railroad crossing arms.

Shortly after, the driver’s side of the pickup was hit by an approximately 194-foot long train heading northeast. Authorities said the train had been unable to stop in time due to its momentum.

The impact of the crash pushed the pickup nearly 2,400 feet until it arrived at a stop and caused the trailer, which was packed with scrap metal, to detach.

First responders confirmed the driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the wreck, was pronounced deceased at the scene.

HCSO officials said the engineer and conductor on board the train were not reported hurt.

An investigation remains underway.

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