One person hurt in car-train collision in Haltom City

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One man was hurt in a collision between a passenger train and a pickup truck Monday evening in Haltom City, authorities said.

It was the third collision since Oct. 1 involving a train operated by the Trinity Railway Express.

Two of the wrecks, including the one Monday night, happened at the same location: Carson Street and Eden Drive, near the border with Fort Worth. The area is south of Carson Street’s intersection with Texas 121, also called Airport Freeway.

The two earlier wrecks resulted in fatalities.

The injured man from the wreck on Monday was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, said Matt Zavadsky, a spokesman for MedStar.

Detective Joe Hackfeld, police spokesman, said investigators believe the man tried to drive the truck around the crossing arms, and that he “tried to beat the train.”

“He was up walking around,” Hackfeld said. “He complained of some back pain so they took him to the hospital.”

Police investigators said the equipment at the crossing appeared to be working, Hackfeld said.

No passengers were aboard the westbound train when the collision happened, said Joan Hunter, a spokeswoman for the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, which is one of the operators of the TRE.

The train, however, remained on the tracks while police investigated. TRE crews tested the signals and they appeared to be working, Hunter said.

The tracks reopened at about 9:45 p.m., but trains were running about 25 minutes late, Hunter said.

Last month, a 37-year-old Fort Worth woman died Oct. 9 of injuries sustained eight days earlier when a car she was riding in was hit by a TRE train. She was among three people hurt in the wreck.

On Oct. 19, a 43-year-old man died when the car he was driving collided with a train on the tracks in the 12000 block of Calloway Cemetery Road.

In both fatal collisions, TRE officials said their gates and the signals were working properly.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Bill Miller, 817-390-7684 Twitter: @Bill_MillerST

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