(Kings Mountain, North Carolina – June 14, 2011)
For the fourth time in three years, and the second time this year, a tractor-trailer rig has become hung-up on the West Gold Street crossing of the Norfolk Southern Railroad and demolished by a train. The crossing is one of several that lead off of West Battleground Avenue, which closely parallels the NS Railroad tracks in Kings Mountain, NC.
It was the early morning hours when the freight train, which began braking a quarter mile before impact and took a total of a half mile to stop, hit the semi-trailer directly, scattering boxes of metal auto parts over a wide area. There is a sign warning against trucks crossing the railroad tracks at this location, erected last year upon orders by the North Carolina Dept. of Transportation. Earlier this year another truck stuck on the high-profile crossing was hit by an Amtrak passenger train. Violation of the warning can carry both citation and fine.