(Driscoll, Texas – August 19, 2011)
A semi-trailer truck loaded with cotton bales exiting Highway 77 onto County Road 14 between Driscoll, TX and Bishop, TX, stalled on a slightly elevated Union Pacific Railroad crossing. The vehicle was subsequently struck and split open by a UPRR freight train early Friday morning about 6:00 A.M.
There is minimal approach room from the four-lane, divided Highway 77 and UPRR tracks, which parallel the heavily-travelled Corpus Christi, TX route, and the slightly-humped CR 14 crossing, factors which undoubtedly contributed to the 18-wheeler’s stalling on the tracks. No one was injured, but Highway 77 traffic was disrupted for hours due to the accident.