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Spring Road crossing, later in the day.
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Cutting the debris for removal.
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Front half of the livestock trailer
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The crossing (click on images to enlarge)

An eastbound Union Pacific train hit a semi-truck loaded with cattle Thursday morning at a railroad crossing near Maxwell.

The train collided with the trailer of the semi-truck, which pulled across the tracks despite the danger. The collision scattered debris and cattle. It happened around 9 a.m. as the train was leaving North Platte, Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis said.

The crossing has no warning lights or cross arms.

No people were injured in the wreck. About 15 head of cattle were killed. The cab of the truck and about half the trailer crossed the track ahead of the train and remained intact. The back of the aluminum trailer was ripped apart.

Davis said the train was an inspection special, pulling a few cars as it checked the tracks.

The truck was carrying cattle for the Pawnee Springs Ranch yard. The truck pulled out of a cattle yard less than a half-mile north of the tracks and was going to the ranch headquarters a mile south of the railroad tracks. 

The road is called Springs Road. It is two miles west of Maxwell.

Davis stressed the importance of caution when driving across the tracks, to heed warnings every time a driver pulls up to a set tracks.

“It’s very important to look and listen, even if it means rolling down the windows and listening for trains,” he said.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 5/22/2014
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