Train crashes into semi trailer stuck at railroad crossing

KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC (WBTV) - A train crashed into a tractor trailer that was stuck at a railroad crossing in Cleveland County early Tuesday morning.

The collision occurred around 5 a.m. at the intersection of Oak Street and S. Battleground Avenue in downtown Kings Mountain.

An officer with the Kings Mountain Police Department said the driver was inside the tractor trailer when it was struck by a Norfolk Southern freight train hauling transmission bearings.

Fortunately, the truck driver wasn't injured.

The tractor trailer was attempting to pass through the railroad crossing when the truck became stuck.

There are 'No Truck Crossing' signs posted which clearly indicate that trucks should not use this railroad crossing due to the steep grade.

Part of the railroad tracks were open by noon allowing trains to pass through, but the other set of tracks were still closed as crews continued removing scattered debris.

Kings Mountain police tell WBTV that seven drivers have either missed or ignored the 'No Truck Crossing' and have gotten stuck on the tracks this year.

The crash Tuesday morning was the first collision involving a train since January 4, 2011, when an Amtrak train hit an 18-wheeler. In that collision, the impact of the New York-bound passenger train split a semi trailer that was also stuck at the crossing.

Police say the driver of the truck involved in Tuesday's collision will receive a ticket and a $500 fine.

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