NEW YORK A truck carrying
steel sheet was struck by a train as it was leaving Nucor
Corp.s Vulcraft construction product facility in Fort
Payne, Ala., early May 17, a Norfolk Southern Railroad
spokeswoman told AMM. There were no major injuries,
but the truck driver was taken to the hospital.
The railroad track had
functioning lights and gates as part of its automatic warning
equipment, the spokeswoman said, and the road crossing the
tracks was closed at the time. The collision caused extensive
damage to the trains two locomotives.
"The train tried its best to
stop," local police chief Randy Bynum said. "The (truck) driver
was able to get the cab off the tracks but could not get the
trailer off the tracks." Nucor didnt own the damaged
truck, he said.
Nucor couldnt be reached and employees from Vulcraft
declined to comment.