Video shows train slamming into semi-truck hauling wind turbine blade in Luling

The extent of injuries is currently unknown at this time

Screenshot of video showing the aftermath of a destructive crash in Luling involving a train and a semi-truck. (Courtesy of KTBC News) (KTBC)

LULING, Texas – Videos and images circulating on social media showed a destructive crash in Luling involving a train and a semi-truck that was hauling a wind turbine blade.

Luling police said the crash happened around 2:40 p.m. Sunday as the Northern Lights Specialized Transport truck was traveling north on U.S. Highway 183 (Magnolia Avenue).

The trailer carrying the wind turbine blade was about two-thirds across the track when the railroad crossing gate’s arms came down.

You can watch video of the crash below, shared on Facebook by user Caleb Brandon. Warning: The crash video may be disturbing for some.

While standing at Tha pump, we got to witness this.. I think it’s time Tha People of Luling come together and agree we need an overpass right here!!

Posted by Caleb Brandon on Sunday, August 29, 2021

Many witnessed the scene from afar when the train traveling at a high speed neared the trailer.

Moments later, the Union Pacific train is seen plowing through the semi-truck at a high rate of speed, striking the wind turbine blade and rolling the semi-truck on its side. Eventually, the semi-truck and its load were forced off of the tracks as the train continued forward.

No one was injured in the crash.

Luling police said the incident also damaged three parked unoccupied vehicles, the railroad crossing signal controller, a commercial building and a utility pole.

Both of the engine’s front engines were also damaged and had to be replaced, police said. The train was cleared to continue travel at around 9 p.m. Sunday.

Luling police and Union Pacific railroad police are still investigating the crash.

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