The Texas Eagle was completing its well-worn route from San Antonio to Chicago Thursday afternoon when a deadly collision took place at an unmarked crossing in Mesquite, TX.
An 18-wheeling was driving through the 4600 block of Scyene Road at around 4:30 p.m. when it began to make its way across the tracks. The Amtrak train, around 14 cars long, hit the truck and caused it to burst into flames, killing the driver. It also resulted in fires breaking out in several of the Texas Eagle cars.
The truck driver, a worker for J.B. Hunt Transport, had been driving with the company for seven months. The 18-wheeler was transporting rocks at the time of the crash.
Authorities are still looking into the cause of the collision. Reports show that there were not any crossing arms or warning signs to keep a car or truck from crossing the tracks when a train is coming through.
Fire Breaks Out on Train, No Passengers Reported Injured
A fire did break out on two of the Amtrak train cars. Crew members quickly got to work extinguishing the flames. The fire departments of Mesquite and Sunnyvale also arrived to provide help at the scene of the crash.
According to incident commanders who were on the scene, 44 passengers were evacuated from the train. It is believed that no passengers were injured in the fiery collision.