TAYLOR COUNTY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – A train collided with a truck in Taylor County after a driver says he didn’t see it because of a dirty windshield.
The collision happened on the tracks underneath I-20 near mile marker 261 off the Nolan County line just before 9:00 a.m. Thursday.
KTAB and KRBC arrived at the scene and found the driver standing next to his truck uninjured. He says he took a wrong turn and was trying to find a place to turn around when he was hit, not seeing the oncoming train because his windshield was dirty.
The Trent Volunteer Fire Department confirmed the driver was able to escape his truck before it was struck by the train, causing the truck to catch fire, which spread to some nearby brush.
First responders from the Trent and Merkel Volunteer Fire Departments were quickly able to get the situation under control with no injuries reported.
Trent VFD is in need of donations to replace outdated equipment – anyone interested in helping can click here to donate or send check donations to PO Box 45 Trent, TX 79561. First Financial account holders can also contact the Trent branch at (325)235-6617 to help.
I-20 was closed to traffic near the scene of the crash while the fire was ongoing but has since been reopened.
No further information was released.