Railroad News

Tennessee Cement Truck Driver Seriously Injured at Unguarded Crossing

(Nashville, Tennessee – September 25, 2019)

The survival of a north Nashville cement truck driver was described as “miraculous” by a TV reporter after a Nashville & Western train struck his cement truck.  The driver likely never saw or heard the oncoming train before the collision. The as-yet unidentified driver of a Smyrna Readymix concrete truck was rushed to Summit Medical Center after Nashville, TN firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to cut him from the wreckage. The collision occurred Wednesday afternoon about 1:30 PM, CDT.

The collision occurred at the road/rail intersection of Amy Lynn Drive and Nashville & Western railroad tracks, where WSMV-TV Reporter Rebecca Cárdenas noted that “there are no flashing lights or gates, just railroad crossing signs.”

Smyrna Readymix Manager Jeff Hollingstead told News4 that the industrial property “to their right is a blind spot (for drivers). Therefore, the driver did not see the train and did not hear the train’s horn.” In addition, “Smyrna Readymix is investigating whether or not the train even blew the horn.”

The N&W is one of over 50 railroads and rail-related operations owned or managed through the Nicholasville, KY-headquartered R. J. Corman Corporation.