On August 1, 2011 at approximately 7 a.m. a semi truck was attempting to make a sharp turn onto Sutton Boulevard then onto Railroad Street on the north side of the railroad tracks, according to authorities. The rear end of the tractor trailer got caught in the tracks while attempting to make the sharp turn. While struggling to move off the tracks, the crossing gates came down signaling the approach of an oncoming train.
The driver of the truck was unable to move due to the rear of his tractor-trailer being stuck on the tracks. The crash sheared off the back door of the trailer. After being struck by the train, the tractor-trailer struck a pickup truck that was waiting at the crossing signal. The injured man in the pickup was 40 years old and was the passenger, he sustained minor injuries.
Mark Davis, a spokesman for Union Pacific, said no one on the train was injured. The driver of the tractor trailer and the driver of the pickup were not injured. The condition of the pickup truck is unknown at this time.
The investigation of this crash is continued by the Maplewood Police. Maplewood Police Sergeant Matthew Nighbor said it’s too early in the investigation to know whether the driver of the tractor-trailer will be found at fault for the crash.
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