Train Wreck in University City Sparks Fire

Written by Jeff Rivenbark

Several volunteer fire departments as well as the Charlotte Fire Department responded to a train fire in Northeast Mecklenburg County just north of I-485 Friday morning.

The train collided with the truck at the railroad crossing on Cabarrus Farm Road.

The truck was carrying several thousand gallons of mineral oil.  According to the Charlotte Fire Department, about 6,000 gallons spilled onto the ground.

The truck was transporting the mineral oil to a Duke Energy sub station.

The tractor trailer was one side of the train and the cab of the truck was on the other side.

The truck collision ignited a fire.  Due to the collision, the fire spread to a train car transporting paper products.  The only hazardous issue was involving the mineral oil.

One official at the scene said two engines were pulling about 75 train cars.

The truck driver suffered minor injuries as well as a firefighter who strained his back.  Both were taken to Carolinas Medical Center-University.