Union Pacific closes railroad crossing after a train hits big rig

Staff Report

NewsWest 9

If you use the railroad crossing at Highway 80 and Eisenhower to get to Industrial Street you're going to have to go another way.

Union Pacific has closed this crossing until all the necessary repairs are made after a tractor trailer was hit by a train Wednesday morning.

So far the damage estimate is about one hundred thousand dollars.

It happened around nine a.m., when police say the tractor trailer was hit by a train.

They say the drver ignored the crossing signal, the crossing arms came down on the trailer.

It's an accident police say could have been avoided.

"Remember this, the train always has the right of way, and you need to stop look and listen before you cross a railroad crossing location just because we don't want anyone to die," says Craig Matthews of the Midland Police Department.

The driver of the truck is from Lubbock. He got a ticket for failing to stop within 15 feet of a rr crossing.

This is the second accident at this crossing this year.

The first accident happened in March, killing a man after he stopped his car on the tracks.