Truck Driver Dodges A Bullet Narrowly Escaping Massive Train Derailment – WATCH

The recent train derailment in Collegedale, Tennessee, which injured two train employees and caused a massive pileup of wreckage, is a tragic reminder of the dangers of railroad crossings and the importance of taking the necessary precautions.

The Hamilton County Office of Emergency Management said in a statement that a truck carrying a 134-foot concrete beam was stuck on the tracks in Collegedale when the Norfolk Southern freight train began passing through.

The train derailed in Tennessee on Tuesday after smashing through a huge concrete beam that a semi-truck was hauling. The crash injured two train employees in what officials described as “a disastrous mess.”

The semi-truck had been waiting for the light to turn green. However, the crossing arms were activated, and that is when the truck tried to clear the tracks, according to the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department.

Three locomotives and 10 railroad cars derailed. According to Hamilton County officials, two Norfolk Southern Train employees were hospitalized with minor injuries. News outlets report the truck driver was not injured. Thankfully there were no other injuries.

Video captured by an onlooker from the scene shows the semi-truck attempting to clear the railroad tracks as the freight train’s horn blares in the background.

However, the truck did not clear the tracks in time, and the train slammed through the beam. Flames can be seen as the train’s rail cars pile up and come off the tracks.

Hamilton County officials called the incident a “disastrous mess,” while others believed the accident could have been much worse.

“Collegedale has dodged a huge bullet,” Jim Hall, former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, told WTVC-TV. “That is a tragic accident that could have taken many lives.”

The crash blocked the crossing, and an investigation is underway. Several agencies have responded, including a team to clean up the hazardous materials, such as the leaking diesel fuel from the locomotives.

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