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Train Wreck Update Road Opens


UPDATE: According to the San Augustine Sheriff's office the road has been reopened this morning.


SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, TX – Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
Troopers responded Monday morning 8/21/17 to a train derailment caused when a commercial vehicle crashed into railway cars on FM 1279.
The preliminary investigation indicates at approximately 10:18 a.m. on 8/21/17, a 2006
Peterbilt truck tractor semi-trailer hauling timber was traveling west when it struck
a moving northbound train consisting of forty six rail cars. Thirteen were derailed
and overturned in the collision. One of the overturned railcars contained sodium
hydroxide - the liquid spilled onto the ground. Hazardous materials teams were sent out
to clean-up the area. Three homes were evacuated for safety purposes.
The driver of the log truck is identified as James Cartwright, 33, from Shelbyville.
Cartwright was transported to San Augustine County Memorial Hospital for
possible treatment. This investigation is ongoing and further information is not
available at this time.


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