Train, Truck Hauling Live Chickens Collide At Texas Crossing

NORTH ZULCH (March 19, 2013)--A truck hauling live chickens and a freight collided late Monday night at a crossing in Madison County, injuring the truck’s driver, derailing the train and scattering live chickens.

Emergency management officials said the accident happened Monday night in a rural area near North Zulch, about 120 miles northeast of Austin.

Two engines and seven cars derailed on the BNSF Railway Co. line, officials said.

Investigators say the train and a Sanderson Farms truck collided at an intersection.

The truck's driver was treated at hospital and was later released, Mike Cockrell with Mississippi-based Sanderson Farms said Tuesday.

Cockrell said about half of the 5,000 chickens on the rig were killed and their carcasses have been removed by the company.

The surviving birds were hauled to a processing plant in College Station.