Train crossings can be extremely dangerous and motorists should always follow posted signs and lights when a train is approaching. The size and velocity of a train can easily cause severe injuries to a motorist, but inattentive drivers can also cause injuries to train operators. In this story, a train operator was injured in a truck accident after a tractor-trailer driver inattentively moved his truck onto the train tracks.
The Tennessee truck driver told WFMY News 2 that he approached the tracks and saw a car on the opposite side of the tracks back away from the intersection. Instead of moving his truck back, the driver started to go over the tracks. It was only as he started to cross, however, that he looked and saw the train about to collide with the cab of his truck.
The driver claimed that he looked both ways before he started to cross the train tracks, however, he apparently did not see the approaching train. It is unknown at this time whether there were any railway crossing signs, lights or signals. The driver on the other side of the tracks was able to see the train as it approached and was able to avoid being hit.
The train dragged the semi truck for 214 feet before the train stopped and the tractor-trailer eventually exploded. Luckily for the truck driver, he was able to escape out a window and was uninjured, but one of the three crew members on the train was injured. The injured train operator was hospitalized, but has subsequently been released.