2 dead after dump truck collides with TRE train and explodes, authorities say

Two people were killed in a crash between a dump truck and a Trinity Railway Express train on Saturday afternoon in northeast Tarrant County, according to multiple police departments and MedStar.

The crash happened shortly after noon at 12500 Calloway Cemetery Road — near Trinity Boulevard and North Collins Street — when a dump truck drove through the crossing as a westbound train was passing, said Mark Bell, a DART spokesperson.

The two people who were inside the dump truck were killed in the collision. Multiple TRE passengers were also injured, Arlington police said.

Officials originally said the wreck involved a semi.

In all, 11 people were taken to area hospitals, according to emergency medical personnel. Two were listed in critical condition and three were listed in fair condition.

The train conductor was hospitalized. His condition wasn’t immediately known.

Six people were listed in good condition while 30 others were treated and released after being taken to a safe area by MedStar’s AMBUS unit, a special vehicle designed for the mass transport of injured individuals. Vehicles from The T also helped take patients to safe areas, according to Matt Zavadsky of MedStar.

Authorities did not immediately know what caused the accident, but Fort Worth police reported that the truck exploded on contact with the train. When officers arrived on the scene, the dump truck was on fire. Windows of the train blew out and the front of the locomotive was damaged.

Passengers told CBS 11 News that the train operator blew his horn and tried to stop but couldn’t do so in time.

The dump truck lay crumpled on its side as crews worked around the wreckage. The undercarriage of the vehicle faced upwards — removed from its top.

A man who works at a business directly across from where the collision occurred said the crossing arms don’t cover the entire side of the road, and a motorist could easily drive around them. He said trains pass through that intersection daily.

The locomotive and two passenger cars are no longer operable, DART spokesman Morgan Lyons said. All three compartments are expected to be towed by Saturday night.

Crews will check the tracks to see if repairs are needed, Lyons said.

Multiple agencies including the Fort Worth Fire Department, Dallas Area Rapid Transit police and Arlington Fire and Rescue responded to the accident, diverting traffic on Farm Road 157 Saturday afternoon.

The names of the deceased won’t be released until their next of kin have been notified, authorities said.

A shuttle bus was set up between the Bell and CentrePort Stations in Tarrant County to aid those people who depend on the TRE train service for transportation.

Stephen English: 817-390-7330, @sbenglish74
Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3
Nichole Manna: 817-390-7684, @NicholeManna
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