Train collision causes $100K damage

February 2, 2019

La PORTE — A crash between a Norfolk Southern train and a semi truck, believed to be the result of frigid weather, did more than $100,000 in damage to the truck and crossing, according to La Porte Police.

The crash occurred just before 11 a.m. Wednesday at the train crossing on Boston Street near Bach Street.

“The semi was attempting to travel northbound across the tracks when it experienced some mechanical problems, police Capt. Bill Degnegaard said.

“While still on the tracks, the driver noticed that the train crossing arms had come down, at which point the driver exited the truck. A westbound train was unable to stop and struck the semi directly behind the cab and towards the front of the trailer,” Degnegaard said.

The semi tractor ended up on the north side of the tracks and the trailer filled with auto parts, was on the south side after the accident.

The truck driver, Thomas A. Myron of Detroit, Michigan, was not injured.

Police believe the semi’s fuel lines were possibly gelling due to the extreme cold, causing the semi to lose power, according to Degnegaard. The truck had stalled on East Lincoln Way prior to the crash, but the driver was able to get it started again.

The crossing reopened Thursday, according to Degnegaard. Damage to the semi tractor, trailer, cargo and train crossing is estimated at more than $100,000, he said.

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