HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A man and a pregnant woman were airlifted to a hospital in The Woodlands after a train struck their pickup at a crossing near State Highway 19 South Monday afternoon.
"We want to show this picture, so you understand the importance of stopping and looking before crossing railroad tracks, especially unprotected crossings," stated a post on the Crockett Fire Department's Facebook page.
Crockett Fire Chief John Angerstein said Texas Department of Public Safety troopers worked the wreck, which occurred about eight miles outside of Crockett on County Road 3450 near Highway 19. A DPS press release stated that Son Viet Vu, 28, of Gause, was driving a Ford F-250 pickup east on CR 3450 when he failed to yield the right of way to an oncoming Union Pacific train, and was struck.
The Crockett Fire Department Facebook post stated that the truck was hit on its passenger side, and it was thrown 100 feet from the tracks. It ended up on its roof.
Angerstein said that Son Vu and his passenger, Sophia Hoang, 28, also from Gause, were pulled from the wreckage of the truck and airlifted to CHI St. Luke's The Woodlands. No one else was injured in the accident.
The Crockett fire chief said that there are no drop-down safety arms at the railroad intersection where the crash occurred.
An 18-wheeler was struck at the same crossing a few weeks ago.