Semi-truck hit by freight train in Schertz, shuts down crossing for days

A train collision in Schertz left shredded metal from a truck in its path.

A train collision in Schertz left shredded metal from a truck in its path.

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A semi-truck was destroyed in the San Antonio area on Thursday after the vehicle became stuck on the oncoming path of a train. The truck was hit by a train on the crossing of Farm to Market Road 78 and 1st Street in Schertz, according to a social media post. The post stated no one was hurt and the train was removed after a few hours.

A video from Joyce Zimdahl, shared on social media, showed the train crash in Schertz. In the video, the semi-truck waited for the cars to pass the intersection before proceeding across the track. As the truck went over the tracks, the crossing beams began to lower into position. Even though the truck was on the other side of the train tracks, the trailer, which was meant to transport vehicles, was still on the tracks.

The crossing started to lower on top of the trailer as soon as the truck began to head through the intersection. The horns of the train could be heard just before the truck was hit. The truck was instantly crushed and pushed over the tracks with a loud metal screech echoing through the area until the train stopped.

Zimdahl said in the post, “This intersection has been an issue for many, many years. It has been reported to TxDOT that large trucks cannot go over the tracks here because they bottom out. They finally placed a sign on the corner, somewhat far from the tracks, warning the drivers. However, if the driver is told to take this specific route, that’s what they do.”

Schertz special projects officer Anna Kraft said the crash happened because the trailer got stuck on the tracks and was unable to move. Since the signals and barriers were damaged, the crossing will be closed for a few days, Kraft added. 

You can watch video of the crash here:

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