Police investigate train collision with oversized truck in Indiana

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An over-sized load trailer and a Canadian Pacific locomotive after they collided in Indiana on Wednesday.
Indiana State Police news release
BUTLER, Ind. — Indiana law enforcement agencies are investigating how an oversized semi load being escorted by Indiana State Police was struck by a northbound freight train at a grade crossing in Butler this week.

The incident happened Wednesday morning at around 8:30 a.m. local time when a northbound freight train traveling to Windsor, Ontario, from Chicago struck an oversized load on a semi truck at a Norfolk Southern grade crossing in Butler.

Information released by the Indiana State Police says the truck and trailer combination, weighing in at 368,000 pounds and 194 feet in length, was halfway through the grade crossing when the crossing lights came on and the gates began to lower. Before the truck and trailer could clear the crossing, the northbound train struck the rear of the trailer.

The rear portion of the trailer separated from the remainder of the load and was pushed along the right-of-way by the train. The lead locomotives, a Canadian Pacific-painted GE locomotive, received damage from the collision, but no injuries were reported by the train crew or truck driver.

The incident remains under investigation by state and local agencies.

It was not immediately clear what type of load the semi truck was carrying.
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