Train Strikes 18-Wheeler in Midland 10/9/13
UPDATE: 10:40 A.M.
Corporal Perkins of the of the Midland County Sheriff's Department tells us that there is an active gas leak on the train that struck the 18-wheeler.
Authorities are on scene attempting to remove the flatbed from the train and they are asking the public to stay away from the scene in case of an unlikely ignition due to sparks caused by the removal process.
Midland firefighters are standing by white the removal takes place.
UPDATE: 10:00 A.M.
Midland Fire Battalion Drew Peters tells us that an 18-wheeler carrying pipes got stuck on the Union Pacific railroad crossing at N. CR 1130 in Midland when a train traveling westbound struck the truck's flatbed.
The train carried the flatbed a half-mile down the tracks before coming to a stop.
There were no reported injuries and Union Pacific officials are investigating the situation.
MIDLAND - Reports say that an 18-wheeler has been struck by a train on the east side of Midland this morning.
The flatbed of the truck was hit by the train and is partially still on the tracks. Please avoid the area, as E. Highway 80 near E. Loop 250 will be closed to traffic, which will be re-routed to I-20.
Authorities are on the scene and assessing the situation.
The severity of the wreck is not known at this time. We will keep you updated as information becomes available.