Train, Truck Collide in Robertson County

By: KBTX Team Email
By: KBTX Team Email

A collision between a Union Pacific train and an 18-wheeler in Robertson County claimed the life of 44 year-old Samuel Lee Taylor of Willis.

Authorities say an 18-wheeler drove onto the train tracks which caused the collision near Highway 79 and Hoxie Chapel Road.
New Three spoke with the train conductor who said it looked like the rig was coming to a stop when it rolled onto the tracks.
Taylor, the driver of the 18-wheeler, was killed on impact.

The two people on the train, David Allen Echols of Gilmer and Tony Swanson suffered only bumps and bruises.

Although there were no hazardous material on either vehicles, flames could be seen when the train hit the 18-wheeler's fuel tank.

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