CATLIN — Police and Norfolk Southern railroad officials are investigating a train-truck collision in Catlin early Friday afternoon, in which the truck driver managed to walk away without any major injuries.
The railroad crossing at Sandusky Street near the Catlin grain elevator is closed to traffic, as officials work to clear the debris and investigate the accident.
News-Gazette photographer Rick Danzl, who went to the scene, said it appears that the train, which has more than 40 cars, was heading west on the tracks through town when it broadsided the semi's trailer.
The semitrailer truck, owned by Maulding Trucking Inc. of Casey, was heading north on Sandusky Street and the cab had just cleared the tracks. Danzl said it was still sitting in an upright position.
However, the trailer, which was empty, separated from the truck and was pushed about 100 feet west of the crossing, Danzl said. He said the train's impact tore a large hole in the side.
Danzl said the driver, whose name wasn't available, has been walking around picking up debris.
Danzl said the accident also damaged the crossing's gate.
Tilton and Catlin police and Vermilion County sheriff's investigators are on the scene.