HAVERSTRAW, N.Y. – A truck driver managed to escape his rig — and injury — minutes before a freight train slammed into it on Feb. 23 in Haverstraw, New York.
The collision happened at around 9:30 a.m. at Railroad Square, which is along Route 9W at New Main Street in the city.
Police told WCBS-TV that the truck got stuck on the tracks as it was delivering titanium piping to a nearby plant.
Police said the tractor-trailer “kind of bottomed out” on the railroad tracks.
Police told the driver a CSX train was approaching, prompting him to exit the truck and walk a safe distance away before the train barreled through and slammed into the rig five minutes later.
Low ground clearance signs are posted all around the tracks, police noted.
Cellphone video of the incident, included below, shows the tractor-trailer stuck on the tracks when the CSX freight train slammed into it.
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
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