Driver of 18-wheeler killed after collision with train
TEMPLE, TX (KXXV) -
The 58-year-old driver of an 18-wheeler is dead after a collision with an Amtrak train Monday morning in Temple.
The wreck happened at the railroad crossing near Ave. J and South 12th in Temple, just after 11 a.m. Police say the crossing is controlled by a stop sign, but not crossing arms.
Neighbors in the area say the trains cross pretty slowly there. The cause of the wreck is still under investigation, as authorities are not sure if the driver of the 18-wheeler, identified as Randall Collier of Rogers, came to a stop on the tracks, tried to beat the train, or just didn't see the stop sign.
Collier was pronounced dead at the scene. His truck was not carrying a load on the flat bed truck.
The Amtrak train was headed to Fort Worth, then Chicago. There were 170 passengers on the train, but no injuries were reported.
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