Folks love to make the old comparison about something being a “trainwreck”, on account of how difficult it is to look away from such disasters, and it’s easy to see why. These are enormous, violent, and stunning incidents, in which man’s mastery over machine meets its bitter and destructive end.
In Tennessee this week, an incredible spectacle was captured on camera after a speeding train smashed into a huge bit of concrete cargo, forcing it off the rails.
A train derailed in Tennessee on Tuesday after smashing through a semi-truck that was hauling a massive concrete beam, injuring two train employees in what officials described as “a disastrous mess.”Advertisement - story continues below
The truck carrying a 134-foot concrete truss bridge beam was sitting on the tracks in Collegedale when the Norfolk Southern freight train began passing through, the Hamilton County Office of Emergency Management said in a statement.
The truck had been waiting for the light to turn green and tried to clear the tracks when the crossing arms were activated, according to the Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department.
Luckily no one was killed.
Three locomotives and 10 railroad cars derailed, and two Norfolk Southern Train employees were hospitalized with minor injuries, according to Hamilton County officials. News outlets report the truck driver wasn’t injured.
Video of the harrowing incident can be seen below.
A train collided with the truck carrying a 130-foot truss concrete beam in Collegedale, Tennessee, resulting in 13 train cars derailing and minor injuries, officials said. pic.twitter.com/yc6G9PUsrW
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 21, 2022