SYCAMORE, GA — A video of a semi truck train accident was caught on video tape by a witness in Sycamore Georgia on Saturday morning, June 23. The video shows a Norfolk Southern train ramming a tractor trailer that had bottomed out on the railroad tracks.
The accident occurred at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning, June 23, at a crossing in the Turner County town of Sycamore. Officials said that the truck driver was driving on a non-approved route and the truck got bottomed out and got stuck on the tracks.
The driver of the 18 wheeler was identified as 37-year-old Antonio Robinson who said he made every effort he could to get the truck off the track but was unsuccessful, resulting in his tractor trailer being rammed by the NS train.
The man who shot the video was identified as Bryan Duke of Sycamore while he was pumping gas. “We were literally waiting for a train wreck to happen so I thought I would tape it,” he said.
Duke told the media that once he realized everyone was okay and there was nothing more anyone could, he called authorities.
Police said the driver was crossing the tracks to go get a tire fixed but he bottomed out and was unable to move the truck from the tracks. “The truck driver made every attempt to get the truck off but there was nothing he could do,” he said.
That’s when the train picked up the truck like a rag doll and took it down the tracks more than 100 yards..before dumping it on the side of the road. “It didn’t even know the truck was there it creamed it,” he said.
The train kept going but the trailer was tossed to the side. Inside the trailer? BMW’s, A Jaguar, and a Honda Civic. It took officials hours to clean up the crash. A chemical company was called in to deal with 15 gallons of hydraulic fluid that spilled. The estimated cost of the crash? 750,000 dollars..just for Norfolk Southern.
According to WALB, the Georgia Department of Transportation closed part of U-S 41 down for about an hour after the crash happened.
Georgia State Patrol charged Robinson with improper stopping on tracks. Officials say he works for Royce Transport Company out of South Carolina and was hauling cars.
The incident remains under investigation.
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