NORCROSS, GA — A train smashed into a tractor trailer stuck on the tracks and split the cargo portion in half in an accident at Thrasher Street, NW and Holcomb Bridge Road in downtown Norcross on Friday night, according to the Gwinnett Fire Department. No train cars were derailed and there was no immediate hazmat threat.
There were no injuries reported initially, however, paramedics did assess the train conductor for a minor complaint.
Firefighters responded at 6:59 p.m., to a report of a vehicle vs. train accident and arrived to find a tractor trailer moving truck on the tracks with the cargo portion split in half. The truck was loaded with home furnishings that were in the process of being moved. There was a large debris field caused by the impact of the train.
The squad responded to the scene to check a slight hydraulic leak from the locomotive car. Rail service in the area was stopped and the train was blocking all crossings within the City of Norcross.
Preliminary information indicates that the tractor trailer was reportedly stuck on the tracks and the driver was out of the cab when the accident occurred. The scene was handled by Norcross Police and representatives from Norfolk Southern Railroad.
Equipment at the scene included: one engine, one medic unit, one squad and one battalion chief.
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