The video above captures what happened after a semi truck carrying a load of vehicles got itself high-centered on a railroad crossing Friday near Thackerville, Okla. An Amtrak train hits the incapacitated truck at speed in one of the most spectacular crashes we can recall, sending the truckload of vehicles flying and crumpling the car trailer. Worse, five people aboard the Amtrak were injured and were transported to a hospital, according to Love County firefighters, though the injuries were non-critical.
Fire officials said the driver of the truck was not injured, nor were his dogs. In the video, you can see someone jumping up and down in a vain attempt to warn the train. That may well have been the trucker.
Photos in the gallery below show the aftermath of the crash, with some vehicles nearly unrecognizable. The impact lifted the locomotive off the tracks and derailed it, as you can see in one of the photos.
The train was northbound. Thackerville is in southern Oklahoma north of Dallas/Fort Worth. Some of the Amtrak passengers were ferried in school buses to lodging, while some stayed aboard. There was a locomotive at the rear of the train, so the damaged locomotive was uncoupled and a locomotive at the south end of the train was used to take passengers back to Fort Worth.
Firefighters, Love County Sheriff Office, Love County EMS, Chickasaw Nation Lighthorse Police Department, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and Love County Emergency Management responded to a train incident Friday evening on Addington Bend Road at Highway 77. A car hauler had become high centered on the tracks and was struck by an Amtrak train going northbound. The driver of the truck was not injured however five passengers from the train were transported by ambulance to hospitals with non-critical injuries. The front of the train locomotive derailed, causing slight damage to parts of the rail bed and prevented the train from being moved. Inspectors from BNSF, Amtrak, and the Federal Railroad Administration arrived onscene to assist with command and inspect damage to the tracks and train. ￼ Amtrak officials requested school buses to transport passengers to hotels in the area when it appeared the train couldn’t be moved. Some passengers were able to call local family and friends and be picked up at the scene, others were transported to nearby destinations by small charter vehicles from Amtrak, and eventually it was decided the damaged locomotive could be uncoupled and the remaining passengers could be transported back to Ft Worth with the locomotive at the rear of the train.
Responders remained on scene for 5 1/2 hours assisting passengers and railroad staff. We want to thank all the responders who assisted tonight and especially the Marietta School District and the two bus drivers who stood by for multiple hours on scene.
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