Train slices through tractor-trailer in Palmetto; Hwy. 29 North now open
By JOHN A. WINTERS
A CSX train sliced through a tractor-trailer truck stuck on the tracks in Palmetto early Tuesday morning; no injuries were reported and the truck driver was able to jump out before the train hit.
The accident occurred just outside the Coweta County line in Palmetto on U.S. Highway 29 about 8 a.m., according to Corporal Michael Upshur with the Palmetto Police Department. The semi was on Cobb Street turning onto Vine Street, which intersects with the train track. Vine Street is just north of Tommy Lee Cook Road.
"Luckily, no one got hurt ... this road is real busy this time of the morning," Upshur said.
The southbound train crashed right where the cab and trailer are joined, splitting the two sections in half with the cab ending up on one side of the train and the trailer on the other side of the track. The train continued for a couple hundred yards before stopping.
"The truck just got hung up on the track," said Eddie Dixon Sr., the truck driver. "I was on the tracks less than five minutes. I heard the train coming and started running trying to flag down the engineer but it was too late."
Dixon said he took off running as he saw the train approach the truck.
"The cab just went straight up in the air when it hit," he said.
The CSX train had 38 cars and was headed toward West Point, according to CSX officials.
GDOT officials reported at 11:15 a.m. that both lanes are now open to traffic on Hwy. 29 North.