Heart-stopping moment Amtrak train slams into semi-truck car hauler at Oklahoma railroad crossing – sending cars flying and leaving five people injured
- On Friday Amtrak Train 822 was passing by Thackerville when it slammed into a car hauler tractor trailer that got stuck on the track
- Officials said the tracks the tractor trailer got stuck on were built up higher at that crossing and the weight of all the cars on the trailer held the vehicle down
- Footage captured the Amtrak train honking it’s horns before it slams at full speed into the truck sending cars and debris flying into the air
- Miraculously, the driver of the tractor trailer and his dog were not injured, just ‘shaken up’ following the collision
- According to the Love County Fire Department, five passengers from the train were treated at local hospitals for non-critical injuries
Dramatic footage has captured the moment an Amtrak train slammed into a semi-truck car hauler at a railroad crossing near the Oklahoma-Texas border, sending cars flying into the air and leaving four people injured.
The cars on the back of the trailer are sent flying and the rig disintegrates into a cloud of debris.
Love County Sheriff Marty Grisham told ABC News that the train tracks the tractor trailer got stuck on were built up higher at that crossing and the weight of all the cars on the trailer held the vehicle down, leaving it stuck.
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Dramatic footage captured the moment an Amtrak train collides with a semi-truck car hauler
As the Amtrak train slammed into the car-hauler, cars were seen flying as well as debris
‘When he tried to cross over the tracks, the trailer high-centered on the tracks, causing him to be stuck and not able to move his tractor-trailer rig any further off the track,’ he said.
A bystander captured the incredible moment the train and trailer collided before calling 911, Grisham said.
The footage shows the tractor trailer stuck on the tracks with its blinker lights on as the railroad lights flash red.
Soon the approaching Amtrak train honks it’s horns but it’s too late and it slams into the tractor trailer at high speed, sending cars and debris flying into the air.
After the train leaves, someone can be seen running towards the truck, yelling ‘Oh my god!’
Photographs of the aftermath of the crash show totally wrecked cars from the car-hauler
Photos show the damage to both the Amtrak train and the cars that were loaded on to the car-hauler
A partially destroyed car lays in front of the Amtrak that collided with a car-hauler that got stuck on train tracks on Friday
Miraculously, the driver of the tractor trailer and his dog were not injured, just ‘shaken up’ following the collision, Grisham said.
According to the Love County Fire Department, five passengers from the train were treated at local hospitals for non-critical injuries.
Fire officials said the collision caused some damage to parts of the rail bed, preventing the train from being moved.
Pictures of the interior of the train show broken windows, collapsed overhead luggage racks, while close up shots of the exterior of the train show shattered windows and dents on the Amtrak train.
Photographs also showed the condition of the cars on the car hauler during the crash, some of which were entirely demolished.
Five people aboard the slightly damaged Amtrak train went to local hospitals to be treated for non life-threatening injuries
Pictures of the interior of the Amtrak train show broken in windows
Pictures of the interior of the train show collapsed overhead luggage racks and caved in windows