Very early Saturday morning, a Chevrolet truck was traveling down San Jacinto Street in Cleveland when he took a wrong turn. That turn took him southbound down the railroad tracks. All was well until he got stuck in the rocks alongside the tracks. As he and his buddies were trying to free the truck, a southbound train was bearing down on them. The driver’s buddies then decided to clear the area. The driver was well away from the truck when the train impacted the rear of it, transforming it into an accordion.
The train crew saw the truck ahead of them, but it takes trains a long time to stop. As they were braking, they hit the floor fearing an explosion from the pickup’s gas tank. The train could not avoid collision and was able to stop about a half mile down the track, where it ejected the rear axle from the truck. Amazingly, no one was injured.
As Cleveland Police investigated the crash, DPS Trooper Cash had the J&J Wrecker Service load the truck, and he gave the intoxicated driver a ride to the Liberty County Jail.
Pieces of the truck were scattered over a half of a mile.