Fatal Train-Truck Collision

By: Garrett Sheehan
By: Garrett Sheehan

The driver of the 18-wheeler was killed when his rig collided with an Amtrak train in Meridian. It happened around 4 p.m. Friday afternoon near U.S. Highway 11 near the south industrial park and the meridian regional airport.

"He just kept rolling and I thought he would see it, but I guess he didn't," said Michael Bryant, a witness. "It just exploded."

"It was like a pack of dynamite in the cab of that truck, it just exploded," agreed Keith Slade, who also witnessed the mishap.

The cab of the truck went down the tracks with the train, blowing fire and smoke on the engine. However no one on board was injured.

"I just felt the train brakes come on and then the impact.," said Amtrak conductor Danny Thomas. The engineer was okay."

"There was fire in the cab, but we put it out quick," said Meridian Fire Chief Bunky Partridge.

Officials were unsure when the train would be able to continue on its way to New Orleans. An investigation is underway.

Delivery and transport trucks, along with private vehicles, cross the tracks at the site frequently to reach businesses located in the industrial park.


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