Train demolishes 18-wheeler struck on tracks

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) - An Amtrak passenger train has struck an 18-wheeler stuck on the tracks in Southeast Texas.

Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Rod Carroll said the flatbed truck was "demolished" in the Friday morning accident between Beaumont and China, Texas. No injuries were reported.

Carroll said the Houston driver had left the truck, which was hauling a load of pipe down to the oilfields. When he approached the railroad crossing's steep grade his 18-wheeler "high-centered" and got lodged on the roadway.

Carroll said the train's engineer saw the truck and was able to slow to about 30 mph before hitting it. The impact knocked the tractor-trailer at least 20 yards down the line, the deputy said.

The New Orleans-bound passenger trained continued on its way after the tracks were cleared.

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