• September 19, 2014

Truck driver dies when train, 18-wheeler collide in Temple

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Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2014 4:30 am

TEMPLE — A Rogers man died when the 18-wheeler flatbed truck he was driving was hit by an Amtrak passenger train near the intersection of South 12th Street and East Avenue K just after 11 a.m. Monday.

The driver was identified as Randall Collier, 58, said Temple Police Cpl. Christopher Wilcox.

Bobby Martin, whose house on South 12th Street is next to the railroad tracks, said he heard the train blow its horn and then a loud “boom” when the train and truck collided. Martin then called 911 at 11:08 a.m., he said.

Collier was traveling east when the truck he was driving was struck by the northbound train carrying about 170 passengers. No passengers appeared to be injured, Wilcox said.

Wilcox said he didn’t know yet how far the train traveled after hitting the truck but it couldn’t have been far because the engine was just a few yards down the track.

The private crossing is controlled by a stop sign, but there are no crossing arms at that location, Wilcox said.

Officers from the Temple Police Department and members of Temple Fire & Rescue responded to the scene.

Lisa Torres, who lives a few houses away from the intersection, said she doesn’t usually hear trains blowing horns at that crossing.

Torres said trucks don’t drive fast through that area because of the children who live there.

Investigators marked where the train and truck were located following the crash so the train could continue on its way to Fort Worth and then on to Chicago, Wilcox said.

The collision is under investigation by the traffic investigations unit.

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