Train crashes into semi-truck in Le Grand (with video)

Sun-Star StaffMay 25, 2014 

A train plowed into a semi-truck Sunday afternoon in Le Grand, ripping the big-rig’s trailer in half and scattering debris in every direction, the California Highway Patrol reported.

No one was injured, Officer Moises Onsurez said.

Identities of the truck driver and train conductor were not released Sunday. At least one other person was on the train at the time of the collision, Onsurez said.

The CHP said the tractor-trailer was hauling dry food products east on Vista Avenue near Highway 99 about 4:45 p.m. when the trailer’s landing gear became stuck on the Union Pacific tracks.

“The driver tried to move the semi but was unable to,” Onsurez said.

The driver escaped a short time before the train struck the big-rig.

Bags of what appeared to be trail mix were scattered all over the road and tracks, according to the CHP’s website.

The website said the train may have been hauling some type of military vehicle.

Traffic lanes were reopened about 5:05 p.m., but traffic reportedly was moving slowly, the CHP reported.

Editor's Note: The following video contains language that may be offensive to some.

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