A train and an 18-wheeler collided on the Northeast Side on Tuesday afternoon.

The resulting blaze from the crash lit the surrounding grass on fire and caused major traffic tie-ups on Interstate 35 South between near Walzem Road and Loop 410.

Police say the driver of the 18-wheeler was at fault, but no injuries were reported in connection with the fiery crash.

The big rig itself, however, is a total loss, but the train was not severely damaged.

Union Pacific Workers are looking at the railroad tracks where the accident happened to determine whether repairs are needed in that location.

According to San Antonio Fire Department officials, the driver of the 18-wheeler went past the signal gate arm. He told investigators he tried to back his rig up, but it was too late.

"We had a semi that had run into a train (and) had reports that the driver was stopped," said Fire Chief Charles Hood. "(The driver) jumped out of the truck (and) another good thing (was that) no hazardous materials were involved."

No one was injured in the accident and San Antonio police say the driver of the 18-wheeler was not issued a ticket.

Due to the accident, North East ISD officials said there could be delays in dismissal of Walzem Elementary School, which is located near the crash scene.

Buses will depart as usual and alternate routes may be used. The principal has sent a phone message to parents about the possible delay.

Images: Fiery train, 18-wheeler collision

Published On: Aug 27 2013 02:09:48 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 27 2013 02:41:12 PM CDT

Images sent in by KSAT 12 viewers of a fiery collision between a train and an 18-wheeler in Northeast San Antonio.

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