Pickup collides with two trains on West Side railroad tracks

No one injured; truck abandoned

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police are trying to track down two people who were in a pickup that collided with two trains along a set of railroad tracks on the city’s West Side.

Both crashes happened shortly after 2 a.m. Friday on the tracks at the end of Kirk Place, a neighborhood street not far from General Hudnell and Highway 90.

Police say the driver of the truck failed to stop at the end of the dead-end road, then plowed through a fence and crashed into a train that was parked on the tracks.

At that point, police say, whoever was in the truck got out and abandoned it there.

A few minutes later, a second train came along and hit the pickup, wedging it between the two trains. No one was injured.

Image of West Side truck-train crash early Friday morning. (KSAT)

A cleanup crew spent hours trying to clear the wreckage from the railroad tracks.

They used an excavator and other construction equipment to separate the twisted metal into pieces and then lift them out of the way.

A police sergeant told KSAT 12 News that officers reached the owner of the pickup by phone and he denied driving the truck.

He told officers he had loaned it to two friends who called him shortly after the first crash, saying they had been in an accident.

As of early Friday morning, police still had not found or spoken to those two people.

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Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.

Ben Spicer is a digital journalist who works the early morning shift for KSAT.

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