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HUTTO, TX – Three people were injured when a home movers box truck crashed into an Amtrak passenger train in Hutto, TX on Sunday, December 18, 2011.

A box truck that failed to yield at a private driveway rail crossingin Hutto, TX smashed into an Amtrak passenger train on December 18, 2011. Photo credit: John DeLoach

Hutto is located in Williamson County, Texas in the central part of the state about 162 miles northwest of Houston, 111 miles northeast of San Antonio and 31 miles northeast of Austin.

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The crash happened with a home mover’s box truck just before 10:00 a.m. in Hutto, TX on a rail crossing at a private driveway about a quarter of a mile west of Highway 130. The incident occurred on a section of track running parallel to U.S. 79.

Map showing location of a truck crash with an Amtrak passenger train in Hutto, TX near U.S. 79 about a quarter mile west of Highway 130 at a private driveway rail crossing.

The 44 year-old truck driver from San Antonio, TX was seriously injured with life-threatening injuries and was transported to Seton Williamson Medical Center in Round Rock, TX. The driver was reported to be in critical condition.

The accident resulted when the truck driver failed to yield for the approaching train.

The driver was ejected from the truck, which was transporting a car in the back. The train’s engineer was blowing the horn before the impact, but the truck was already on the tracks and the driver failed to yield the right of way to the train.

Some diesel fuel was spilled in the collision and a Hazmat crew from the Hutto Fire Department was called in to contain the spill. Fortunately, no evacuations had to be ordered as a result of the hazardous materials.

The eastbound Texas Eagle train originated out of San Antonio, TX and was heading towards Chicago, IL with several stops in between, among them including Dallas and Houston. It left Austin only about an hour prior to the accident.

An article at the WFAA.com website reported on the story:

The accident happened near the intersection of U.S. 79 and Highway 130, just west of downtown Hutto, on the route of the Texas Eagle. The train struck a moving company box truck … A truck axle wedged between tracks and the train was most of what remained from a collision few passengers even felt.

There were 211 passengers and 14 crew members aboard the train at the time. Two of the passengers were injured and received treatment at the scene. They declined transportation to the hospital.

The train came to a stop and passengers were removed from the train and transported by bus to a shelter where they awaited alternate transportation by charter bus. The train was then towed into Taylor, TX.

No railroad workers were injured in the incident.

It is unknown as to why the truck driver did not stop for the train or whether or not his engine failed or any other details. The accident remains under investigation.


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