Texas man injured in Johnston County train vs. semitruck collision

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A semi-truck driver was injured in a Johnston County collision with a BNSF train Tuesday morning. The semitruck was reportedly pushed down the railroad tracks for one half mile.

A Texas man was injured in a Johnston County train vs. semitruck collision Tuesday morning.

At around 10:13 a.m. the semitruck driver, 71-year-old James Hill of Elkhart, Texas, was reportedly heading southbound on Kelly Road at the BNSF railroad tracks, 3.5 miles south of Mill Creek, according to reports from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

The driver failed to yield to an oncoming BNSF train hauling 96 cars and was pushed down the railroad tracks for approximately one half mile.

According to reports from the Johnston County Sheriff’s Office, the diesel tanks on the semitruck ruptured during the collision, causing the tracks and truck to catch on fire.

Once the train came to a stop, the BNSF conductor and engineer were able to exit the train and locate Hill, who had been pinned in the semitruck for an undetermined amount of time.

Together they dragged Hill out of the wreckage and to safety before the entire truck became fully engulfed in flames. Johnston County deputies arrived at the scene shortly after, locating the train crew and semitruck driver.

Also at the scene were Mill Creek Fire Department, Ravia Fire Department, Reagan Fire Department and Tishomingo Fire Department. The firefighters were able to extinguish the flames and Johnston County EMS transported Hill to Medical City in Denton, Texas.

According to OHP, Hill was admitted to the trauma center in fair condition with arm, leg and trunk internal injuries. The train crew was also examined by EMS and treated at the scene for minor injuries.

OHP troopers are investigating the condition of the semitruck driver at the time of the collision and are currently citing the cause of the collision as failure to yield.

Barricades have been put up on Kelly Road, west of State Highway 1. This portion of Kelly Road will remain closed for an unknown amount of time.