Dallas Bound Amtrak Train and Commercial Truck CollidePosted on Dec 28, 2011
An Amtrak train loaded with 211 passengers and 14 Amtrak employees was headed from Austin to Dallas when it came upon the intersection of State Highway 130 and State Highway 79 near Hutto, Texas.
Train Attempted to Avoid Crash
Michael Knight, with the Department of Public Safety, stated that the train's engineer blew the whistle as it came near the crossing; however, the large box truck did not move from the tracks and the train hit it.
The driver of the truck was ejected during the crash and was seriously injured. At the time of this report the driver was in critical condition at Williamson Seton Hospital.
Several of the passengers on the train complained of minor injuries but refused medical treatment. As the train derailed, all 211 passengers and 14 crew members were shuttled to a local church to await transportation to their destination.
Any Dallas commercial truck crash can be serious but this crash was clearly worse than many. The Fort Worth large truck crash attorneys at the Hart Law Firm hope that the driver is on his way to making a full recovery from his injuries and that investigators are soon able to determine why the truck didn't move from the tracks.