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Truck carrying steel hit by train

Keywords: Tags  Vulcraft, Nucor, Norfolk Southern Railroad, truck-train accident, steel sheet, Samuel Frizell

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 train’s 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 didn’t own the damaged truck, he said.

Nucor couldn’t be reached and employees from Vulcraft declined to comment.

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