A Fort Worth man survived a fiery crash with a slow-moving train early Thursday morning, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
“Neither was going very fast, but it doesn’t take much for an 80-ton train to do damage,” DPS Trooper Dub Gillum said.
Kelly Hill, 55, was stopped at the railroad crossing on U.S. 377 in Cresson at about 6 a.m. when the train backed up and hit his SUV. The vehicle immediately burst into flames. Hill, who was unable to unbuckle his seat belt, cut himself out of it with a knife and climbed out uninjured, Gillum said.
Trains often block the intersection while loading and unloading cars in the nearby switch yard, Gillum said. They typically move out of the way to let drivers through and then back up again to continue latching or unlatching cars.
Hill thought the train had cleared the highway, but it actually was backing up through the intersection, Gillum said.
U.S. 377 was blocked for about two hours.