NEWS

Driver killed when train hits truck

Tammy Wilkinson

A Federal Express driver was pronounced dead Thursday afternoon at the scene of a train-vehicle accident northeast of Buda.

The driver's name was not released Thursday evening, pending notification of next of kin.

Bureau County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kevin Beaber said the accident occurred at the crossing at 1300N about a mile east of Route 40 at 1:05 p.m. The crossing is marked, but has no crossing gates or lights.

Beaber said he was in Buda when the call was received, and arrived at the scene three minutes later.

The driver of the delivery truck was traveling west when he drove onto the tracks in front of an Amtrak train.

The impact cut the truck into two sections that came to rest several yards north of the crossing along the tracks.

Beaber said the driver was about 45 years old and was killed instantly. He said the driver did not live in this area.

The Buda Fire Department and rescue squad also responded to the accident.

The train sustained some damage and was delayed at the scene for approximately an hour and a half before being released. No one on the train was injured, authorities said.

Bureau County Coroner Janice Wamhoff pronounced the victim dead.

The Bureau County Sheriff’s Office and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad will conduct separate investigations of the accident.

Officials from FedEx also arrived to assist at the scene.

The Star Courier