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Driver cited after train hits semi truck in Eugene

Oregon State Police want to remind drivers to look both ways and slow down when crossing uncontrolled railroad tracks.

Posted: Feb 18, 2019 3:44 PM
Updated: Feb 18, 2019 7:34 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A semi truck was hit by a train along Highway 99 in Eugene Monday morning, tearing the trailer in half.

The driver of the semi was trying to turn onto McDougal Lane off the highway, colliding with the train at about 11:30 a.m.

Crews that worked to clean up the wreck said it’s like nothing they’ve ever seen before.

“This is the first time I’ve ever seen this, and I’ve been towing for more than 15 years, 20 years, so this is the first time I’ve ever seen anything like this,” tow truck driver Andrew Vanwinkel said.

The driver was cited for failing to stop at a railroad signal and failure to slow down while crossing train tracks. The driver was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Oregon State Police wants to remind drivers to look both ways and slow down when crossing uncontrolled railroad tracks.

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