Officials 'mystified' by truck collision with train

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by Associated Press and KING Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on January 28, 2010 at 7:34 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 28 at 2:24 PM

STANWOOD, Wash. -- The keys were in the ignition of a pickup truck that hit a freight train at a Stanwood crossing, but there's no sign of the driver.

Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas says he's "rather mystified" by the crash because the pickup had to go up hill to the crossing.

Railroad workers and emergency responders searched the tracks and the mangled wreckage after the crash at 1:40 a.m. Thursday and found no sign of anyone.

Melonas says the 43-car train was traveling northbound about 25 miles per hour when the truck hit the seventh rail car from the rear.

The train dragged the truck for half a mile down the tracks, leaving a mangled mess underneath the train but no body. An empty tank car derailed.

Crews brought in a crane to move the empty tank car back onto the tracks. The crash delayed a half-dozen trains, including Amtrak trains, until the track re-opened at 10:30 a.m.

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