SAN ANTONIO, TX – An Amtrack train struck an 18-wheeler that was stuck on the tracks at a crossing on Tuesday morning. The accident occurred shortly before 8:00 a.m. at Country Lane and FM 78. There were 116 passengers on board the train at the time of the crash.
According to the Cibolo police, the Chemex tractor-trailer became stuck on the tracks because of the low clearance of the trailer and the height of the tracks. The driver told police that the company dispatcher advised him to take that route, but that neither party had anticipated issues with the trailer height and the tracks.
According to KENS 5, Amtrack issued the following statement today:
“The safety of our customers, employees and public is our top priority. Amtrak has a police department with a national safety mission and a partnership with Operation Lifesaver, a national, non-profit safety railroad education group whose goal is to eliminate deaths and injuries at railroad crossings and along railroad rights of way. With programs in all 50 states and Canada, the organization has trained volunteers who provide free safety talks to community groups, school bus drivers, truck drivers and student drivers to raise awareness of the dangers around railroad tracks and trains.”
The San Antonio 18-wheeler accident attorneys of Herrman & Herrman will continue to monitor this story for any developments, so check back on our Texas Accidents blog for updates.