Train crash sends 3 to hospital

Truck involved in crash with train in Lawrence County.
Truck involved in crash with train in Lawrence County.

LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A collision between a train and a truck sent three people to the hospital, two of them toddlers.

According to State Troopers, the accident happened around 3:30 p.m. Sunday on County Road 434 in Lawrence County, just south of Highway 20. The investigation into why the 1996 Chevy Silverado was on the tracks at the time of the wreck is still ongoing, but a trooper at the scene indicated the truck may have been trying to beat the train across the track.

The truck was hit on the passenger side, and flipped into a ditch, where it landed on its roof. The driver - identified as 23-year-old Carl Jacoby Reid of Decatur wasn't hurt. The woman in the passenger seat, 22-year-old Kathy Haggamaker, and two children in the back seat, 2-year old Landon Burgess and 3-year-old Haylee Burgess, were all taken to Decatur General Hospital.

Troopers say both children were in child seats, and Haggamaker was wearing her seat belt. They've since been treated and released, according to hospital officials.

Haggamaker, who says she is still in the hospital, says the brakes on the truck went out as it was approaching the train tracks.

The site of the accident has a railroad crossing sign posted along the road, but there are no protective arms, lights or bells.

Late Sunday night, Norfolk Southern officials told us that they're cooperating with investigators as they look into the accident. No one on the train was injured. The company says that the train was hauling 80 cars on a stretch of track with a 50 mile per hour speed limit. They say it took a mile and a half to come to a stop after hitting the vehicle.

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