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stalled semi hit by train

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 14:27 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

A truck driver escaped injury Wednesday after his rig stalled on a railroad crossing was hit by a freight train in LaPorte.

The bitter cold possibly caused the diesel fuel the truck was running on to start gelling up, LaPorte Police said.

The collision about 11 a.m. was at the Norfolk Southern crossing on Boston St. on the city's east side.

Police said the crossing arms with a westbound train approaching started coming down as the northbound truck began venturing over the rails.

The truck hauling auto parts quit running while straddling the tracks and the driver, whose name was not available, climbed out.

Soon, police said the cab from impact with the locomotive was severed from the trailer coming to rest on the north side of the tracks.

The trailer wound up beside the south side of the rails.

LaPorte Police Capt. Bill Degnegaard said the driver reported just prior to the collision his engine stalled on E. Lincolnway but he was able to get the truck started.

He said the crossing might not reopen until tonight because of the damage to the gates and signal light post that must be repaired before the crossing can reopen.

''We're hoping they get it open soon but with this cold weather it might take them longer than normal,'' Degnegaard said.

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