Train slices semi in half in Nome

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office/ photo

March 24, at about 5 a.m., the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) received a report that a train struck a semi on Old Nome Road in Jefferson County, Sgt. Stephanie Davis said in a release.

“Initial reports indicate that a 2016 Freightliner truck tractor semi-trailer was traveling westbound on Highway 90 and turned onto Old Nome Road,” Davis said. “As the 18-wheeler crossed the railroad tracks, the fully loaded trailer became stuck on the tracks.”

Eyewitnesses told The Examiner the 18-wheeler was sliced in half by the Union Pacific train. DPS reported the train was traveling with 133 cars.

The driver, Samuel Web, 51, of Connecticut, and his passenger were able to get out of the truck tractor before the collision, and neither suffered any injuries, according to DPS.

- Eleanor Skelton