It’s hard to believe no one was injured in this chaotic collision.
This footage from @Rockland_Buff shows the messy moment when a train rammed into the side of a tractor trailer.
According to CBS News, the semi was hauling titanium to a plant near Haverstraw, New York. On February 23, the 18-wheeler got stuck on the railroad tracks at an intersection. According to a witness, the trucker was able to escape the cab just in time before disaster.
Haverstraw Police Captain John Gould told CBS News, “”The operator was still inside on his phone, trying to make arrangements, I guess, to get himself off, did not realize that a train was actually coming northbound. Our sergeant actually alerted him and got him out of the vehicle in time.”
Gould continued to explain that the trailer bottomed out on the tracks due to the weight of the haul. Once the bed of the trailer was stuck, there was no moving the truck.
“Gotta be careful. Railroad crossings are dangerous,” witness Hector Rivera told CBS.
Watch footage of the accident below:
Haverstraw, New Main St tracks. HPD & EMS for a train vs tractor trailer, trailer reportedly snapped in half. Haverstraw FD requested.#trainvstractor #trainaccident #Rockland #TRAIN pic.twitter.com/9ZCEwBkxeV
— Rockland Buff (@Rockland_Buff) February 23, 2023
“Driver was shaken up, but physically appeared OK. He was evaluated by the paramedics, as well as the train conductor,” Captain Gould said. “Thank God the only thing that was damaged was some property which can be replaced.”
See photos from the scene below: