Thursday, February 8th, 2024

Train smashes semi in Versailles

No one was injured according to officials

By Erin Gardner
Submitted Photo

This screen image was taken from a video that captured the exact second a train plowed into a semitractor-trailer at a crossing in Versailles on Wednesday.

Photo by Isaiah Vanderhorst

VERSAILLES - A train collided with a semitractor-trailer on Wednesday, causing heavy damage to the front of the semitractor but no injuries.

Versailles fire and police responded to a call at 10:37 a.m. of a crash at West Street and State Route 47, according a news release on the village EMS' Facebook page.

Video shot by local resident Isaiah Vanderhorst shows a semitractor-trailer entering the railroad crossing when the crossing arm comes down in-between the semitractor and the trailer. A driver exits the vehicle and seconds later runs to safety before a CSX train plows into the front end of the semitractor.

Police units found the semitractor-trailer perpendicular to the tracks with heavy front end damage and a large debris field, the release states. The train continued west down the tracks before coming to a stop just east of the Conover Road crossing. All occupants were accounted for and uninjured.

Versailles EMS evaluated two patients on scene.

The semitractor-trailer spilled large amounts of fuel and fluids, which were mitigated by fire personnel, the release states. There was also damage to the train engine that was repaired by CSX personnel.

As of 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, the intersection was open.

Vanderhorst, who captured footage of the dramatic collision, films trains as a hobby, said Versailles police officer Nathan Nolte.

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He was "at the right place at the right time," Nolte added.

No other information was available by press time.

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