Just before 7 p.m. Sunday calls started coming into the the Montgomery County 911 Center. Reports said the eastbound train hit a Volkswagen and was pushing it down the tracks. Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, MCHD and Cut and Shoot Fire Department responded to the scene. They found the train stopped at South Duck Creek and Old Highway 105 East. Crushed against the front of it was a silver Volkswagen.
The train conductors said they saw it on the tracks and knew they couldn’t stop. They did witness 4 males jump out at the Nebraska Street Crossing, a private drive. One conductor said he prayed when they hit it and pushed it for over three-fourths of a mile that nobody was still in it.
The train which had been eastbound was pulling 120 cars at a total weight of 17000 tons and was almost 7000 feet long.
Residents who lived south of the crossing where they hit were not able to leave there homes as the train had it blocked for over 3 hours as the crash was investigated.
The driver of the vehicle identified as a 17-year-old from Splendora who not only didn’t have permission to use his parents vehicle but no Texas drivers license.
There were no injuries.
Texas Towing and Recovery spent almost one hour attempting to free the vehicle from the train and remove it from the tracks as the engine had completely fallen out from under it.