Truck stalls on tracks, struck by freight train in Lake City

(Source: WMBF News Photog Ian Dorety)
(Source: WMBF News Photog Ian Dorety)
The driver of the truck advised rescue crews on scene the fuel tanker was empty at the time of the accident. (Source: WMBF News Photog Ian Dorety)
The driver of the truck advised rescue crews on scene the fuel tanker was empty at the time of the accident. (Source: WMBF News Photog Ian Dorety)

LAKE CITY, SC (WMBF) A train crash has multiple roads blocked in Lake City after a fuel tanker got stuck on the tracks and was struck by an oncoming freight train.

According to Lake City Police Chief Williams, the police and Lake City Fire Department are on scene of the accident. The crash happened around 5:15 a.m. Thursday morning at the intersection of Acline Street and Fairview Street.

Williams explains, the driver of the 2006 freightliner for T & M Transfer Trucks stalled on the railroad that runs parallel to Acline St.  and could not get off the tracks. The oncoming freight train was unable to stop and collided with the truck.

The driver of the truck advised rescue crews on scene the fuel tanker was empty at the time of the accident.

The train has traffic blocked off at Fairview Street and Graham Road. Police are redirecting traffic in the area, according to Williams. Drivers can use Thomas St. to cross over the railroad tracks until the scene is cleared.

The freight train involved in the crash is approximately 5,000 feet in length, and weights an estimated six to eight tons.

The engineer and the conductor of the train suffered minor injuries and were both transported to Lake City Hospital. The truck driver walked away from the accident uninjured.

Florence County Emergency Management are also assisting with the scene at this time.

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