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Colorado Trucker Survives Collision with Train

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It’s one thing to get into an accident with another car, motorcycle or truck on the road; it’s something else entirely to get hit by a train.

Darin Little was driving a semitrailer on Colorado Highway 133 headed downhill toward a set of railroad tracks. Seeing a train approaching, he applied the brakes; but that’s where things begin to go wrong.

Mike Wiggins, reporter for The Daily Sentinel, brings us the details of the crash:

‘Next thing I know, I just couldn’t stop,’ the Delta truck driver said, claiming his brakes malfunctioned.

In an act Thursday that likely saved his life, Little ‘gunned it,’ shooting the cab of the truck across the tracks just before the empty 109-car coal train smashed into the belly of a dump trailer carrying 73,000 pounds of gravel.

The train pushed Little, his cab and the trailer more than 300 feet down the tracks.

The engine of the truck was still running. Little shut it off and climbed out uninjured.

Thanks to the wonders of social media you can see first hand the state of the truck at the end of that 300 foot push. Someone in the area took a great array of pictures in a photo set on Flickr [WEBphd’s Truck vs. Train set].

Wiggens also notes in another column that there were no injuries sustained among the train’s crew.

Image by Sideshow Bruce on Flickr, used under its Creative Commons license

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