(Dexter, Missouri – November 1, 2011)
A driver from Murphysboro, IL was surprised by a Union Pacific freight train as he attempted to pull a trailer bearing a 1,000 gallon water tank across UPRR tracks at the unguarded crossing of County Road 717 in Dexter, MO about 8:30 A.M. Tuesday morning.
The truck was struck on the passenger side and was detached from the flatbed trailer carrying the water tank by the impact, which completely destroyed the trailer and its load and heavily damaged the truck.
Curtis Plucker, the driver, was approaching the crossing, which has no electronic (lights, bells or gates) devices to protect the driving public from trains, but only passive railroad crossbuck signs to give “warning” of approaching rail traffic, when he noticed the northbound train bearing down upon him. He attempted to stop, but was unable to do so.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol and Dexter Police Dept. responded to the accident.