ARLINGTON (June 30, 2012)--The driver of a tractor trailer rig carrying grass pallets was hospitalized Saturday with life-threatening injuries after an Amtrak train slammed into the truck's cab at a private crossing in far western Arlington.
The crash happened at around 5 p.m. Friday on the driveway to the Howell Farms banquet center, just off Texas 180 near the Arlington-Fort Worth line.
Arlington police spokeswoman Zhivonni McDonnell told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the locomotive of the westbound Texas Eagle, carrying 140 passengers and crew on its Chicago-to-San Antonio run, tore the tractor from the trailer and dragged it 300 feet down the Union Pacific track.
Amtrak spokesman Steve Kulm said the train remained on the tracks and that no one aboard was hurt.
However, McDonnell says a few passengers did seek medical attention.
The train’s route includes stops in McGregor and Temple.