Tri-Rail strikes tractor trailer; no injuries - WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco

Tri-Rail strikes tractor trailer; no injuries

Posted: Updated:
Tri-Rail strikes tractor trailer Tri-Rail strikes tractor trailer

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- It took crews about six hours to clean up the scene after a Tri-Rail train struck a tractor trailer in Pompano Beach.

A smashed up tractor trailer was lifted by a crane and removed off the tracks on Andrews Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard. "It was like stuck," said witness Luis Velez.

The tractor trailer was headed eastbound on Atlantic Boulevard and was unable to clear the tracks before the Tri-Rail train struck it, just after 4 p.m., Friday.

The train was headed northbound when it struck the rear of the trailer and continued a short way before coming to a stop. After being inspected for damage, it left the scene about an hour later. "The train horn kept on going for like five minutes straight," said a witness.

The driver was able to get out of the cab car unharmed. Officials said the vehicle sustained heavy damage. "He better thank God it didn't hit the cab; he's got to thank God. It's all God that kept that man alive, you know," said Velez.

As the man passed around the scene of his totaled truck, the Tri-Rail transit slowly started moving again. According to Tri-Rail officials, engineers determined that they can move trains through the area, albeit at a slow rate of speed due to the tractor trailer and its debris being in close proximity to the tracks.

Fire rescue crews arrived on the scene and called out CSX and Florida Power and Light officials to shut down the electricity. The truck pieces landed on live electrical traps.

It took crews about six hours to clean up the wreckage from the scene.

The driver and passengers on the Tri-Rail train were unharmed. Pompano Beach Fire Rescue transported one train passenger complaining of neck pains to the hospital for observation.

Tri-Rail traffic was temporarily slowed down but has since returned to normal.


  • On Deco DriveMore>>

  • Fireman Derek's Bake Shop and Cafe

    Fireman Derek's Bake Shop and Cafe

    Friday, August 29 2014 1:33 AM EDT2014-08-29 05:33:23 GMT
    City of Miami firefighter and professional baker Derek KaplanCity of Miami firefighter and professional baker Derek Kaplan
    Some people are good at putting out fires. They're called firefighters. Others are good at baking pies. They're called bakers. But one man is excellent at both. He's a crusty firefighter, and we mean that in a really good way.
    Some people are good at putting out fires. They're called firefighters. Others are good at baking pies. They're called bakers. But one man is excellent at both. He's a crusty firefighter, and we mean that in a really good way.
  • National Banana Split Day

    National Banana Split Day

    Friday, August 29 2014 1:06 AM EDT2014-08-29 05:06:28 GMT
    The Outrageous Banana Split at Serendipity 3 in South Beach.The Outrageous Banana Split at Serendipity 3 in South Beach.
    On August 25th, people from sea to shining sea lay down their salad forks and picked up their spoons in honor of National Banana Split Day. Millions of Americans put their diets on hold for this frozen favorite. Deco's dairy dessert diva Shireen Sandoval scoured So-Flo for this most delectable dessert.
    On August 25th, people from sea to shining sea lay down their salad forks and picked up their spoons in honor of National Banana Split Day. Millions of Americans put their diets on hold for this frozen favorite. Deco's dairy dessert diva Shireen Sandoval scoured So-Flo for this most delectable dessert.
  • The Maze Runner

    The Maze Runner

    Friday, August 29 2014 12:44 AM EDT2014-08-29 04:44:23 GMT
    From left: Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Dylan O'BrienFrom left: Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Dylan O'Brien
    One tough chick in a group of boys trying to escape a maze-enclosed, post-apocalyptic world where not one of them has any memory of how they got there. So far, that's what we've figured out about the newest sci-fi flick about to hit the big screen. We sent Deco's Liz Nagy out to watch.
    One tough chick in a group of boys trying to escape a maze-enclosed, post-apocalyptic world where not one of them has any memory of how they got there. So far, that's what we've figured out about the newest sci-fi flick about to hit the big screen. We sent Deco's Liz Nagy out to watch.
  • NationalMore>>

  • Attorneys for ex-first lady make final arguments

    Attorneys for ex-first lady make final arguments

    Friday, August 29 2014 2:00 PM EDT2014-08-29 18:00:51 GMT
    Closing arguments have started in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen.
    Lawyers for the wife of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell are telling jurors in her corruption trial that her interactions with a businessman who showered her with gifts may have been "tacky" but they are not illegal.
  • Sandy recovery, sun boost Jersey shore business

    Sandy recovery, sun boost Jersey shore business

    Friday, August 29 2014 2:00 PM EDT2014-08-29 18:00:50 GMT
    Good weather and greater awareness that the Jersey shore has made huge strides in recovering from Superstorm Sandy helped make the second summer after the storm better than the first one, many merchants and elected...
    Good weather and greater awareness that the Jersey shore has made huge strides in recovering from Superstorm Sandy helped make the second summer after the storm better than the first one, many merchants and elected...
  • Ohio State hears from ex-band director's backers

    Ohio State hears from ex-band director's backers

    Friday, August 29 2014 1:59 PM EDT2014-08-29 17:59:41 GMT
    Angry backers of Ohio State's fired marching band director made a splashy showing at a trustee meeting Friday, playing their horns, wearing T-shirts supporting him and urging the board to keep discussions on...
    Angry backers of Ohio State's fired marching band director made a splashy showing at a trustee meeting Friday, playing their horns, wearing T-shirts supporting him and urging the board to keep discussions on the matter...
Powered by WorldNow

WSVN-TV
Sunbeam Television Corp
1401 79th Street Causeway
Miami, FL 33141

Switchboard: (305) 751-6692
Newsroom: (305) 795-2777

Can't find something?
Connect with us here:
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSVN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.