(Roland, Oklahoma – September 15, 2011)
A Minnesota trucker driving an 18-wheeler load of corn starch had his trailer high-center on the Roland Road crossing of Union Pacific Railroad tracks just outside of Roland, OK, about 7:00 A.M. Thursday morning, only to be struck and heavily damaged by a UPRR freight train minutes later.
Unable to move his truck from the slightly humped crossing, Le Roy Eishens said all he could do was take off running after the crossing signal lights came on and the crossing gate came down. Eishens was badly shaken by the accident, but was otherwise uninjured. His rig, however, did not fare as well, with the truck split, the tractor on one side of the tracks and the overturned trailer on the other. The crossing has no signs warning of the possibility of trucks high-centering on its profile.