Train collides with garbage truck

Published 12:54 pm Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Officials say a collision between a garbage truck and a train in the Tennille community Tuesday morning was not as bad as it could have been.

The garbage truck collided with the train at approximately 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at the railroad crossing on Tennille Road near the intersection with County Road 4433.

“There were minor injuries to the occupants of the garbage truck,” said Corp. Justin Vann, spokesperson for the Alabama State Troopers.

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Sgt. Henry Wentland of the Pike County Sheriff’s Office said the slower speed of the train likely lessened the impact.

“A few years back the train ran at 45 miles per hour,” Wentland said. “Then they brought it down to 25 mph. That was probably one of main factors of why it wasn’t worse.”

Wentland said the train had also already emptied all the grain it was carrying, so it was lighter than it could have been.

The road was closed for several hours as officials worked to both clear the scene of the wrecked truck and clean up diesel fuel and oil that spilled from the truck. The EMA was brought in to coordinate the cleanup.

Troopers are still investigating the crash and did not disclose a cause, but said drivers need to always take caution at railroad crossings. This particular crossing had no crossing arms or flashing lights, so it is up to drivers to make sure no train is coming before crossing the railroad.