(Roanoke, Texas – November 7, 2011)
An air brake failure Monday evening about 8:20 P.M. caused an 18-wheelerto stall on Union Pacific Railroad tracks, only to be struck, split open, and its load strewn about the area.
The truck’s air brake line separated as the driver turned off U.S. Highway 377 and onto Henrietta Creek Road, causing the brakes to lock and the semi-trailer truck to stall on the railroad crossing. The truck was delivering 40,000 pounds of organic cereal to a customer in Roanoke, TX, just north of Fort Worth, TX.
The driver reconnected the line, and before his rig could build up enough air pressure to release the trailer’s brakes, crossing signals at the Henrietta/UP activated, signaling a train’s approach. The trucker tried in vain to drag the trailer off the tracks, but the train hit the trailer, spilled its load of cereal, and created a massive mess that crews were still clearing Tuesday morning. No injuries were suffered in the wreck.