(WRXX) – Cleanup is expected to take up to two days for the wreckage from a weekend crash involving a train and semi-truck.
Crews from Missouri were brought to help remove the wreckage, grain and coal spilled on Miller Store Road in Hamilton County. The crash happened around 5:42 p.m. Saturday near McLeansboro.
According to the Hamilton County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), an Evansville Western Railroad train carrying coal derailed after colliding with a semi-truck causing the train to spill coal and grain.
When first responders arrived on scene, the cab of the tractor trailer was on fire.
Officals said the truck driver got out safely after the collision and the train’s conductor was also okay.
EMA said the area was littered with coal and grain from the damaged train. The diesel tanks didn’t rupture, which prevented a possible explosion.