UNION — The driver of a big rig was sent to the hospital Monday afternoon after his vehicle was struck by a train as he attempted to back in to the parking lot of a local business.
The accident report filed by the Union Public Safety Department states that the collision occurred shortly after 2:30 p.m. when a big rig owned by SAIA Motor Freight Line was backing across the railroad tracks running along Thompson Boulevard (SC 18) into the parking lot of TBA Construction. The report states the truck was hit by a locomotive owned by Norfolk & Southern Railroad which was heading south toward Union.
Damage to the truck is estimated at $10,000 while damage to the locomotive is estimated at $1,000.
Lt. Kevin Powers of the Union Public Safety Department said Tuesday that the driver of the truck had told the officer investigating the accident that he had been so focused on backing his rig in that he did not see the train.
Powers said the train’s engineer had told the officer that when he saw the truck he repeatedly sounded the train’s horn to try to warn the driver, but could tell that the driver didn’t see the locomotive coming.
The driver of the truck was transported to Union Medical Center for what Powers said were minor injuries and subsequently released.
Powers said that as a result of the investigation into the accident it was determined that the driver of the truck had contributed to the accident. However, since the accident occurred on a private drive, Powers said the driver of the truck had not been charged or ticketed.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.