No injuries resulted about 1:10 p.m. Saturday when Amtrak’s Texas Eagle collided with a vehicle stalled at a railroad crossing on Stephens Road east of Hallsville, TX.
According to press reports, a truck under tow stopped on the Missouri Pacific track when a towing strap broke. The westbound passenger train’s crew saw the stalled vehicle some distance away, but could not stop in time before colliding with the truck.
No one was in the truck, and no injuries were reported on the train. Harrison County, TX first responders were on the scene. The collision destroyed the truck and started a small fire that damaged the Amtrak engine.
The 145 train passengers were being taken to Amtrak’s station in Marshall and were to be bussed to Dallas and other destinations.
Hallsville is located between Marshall and Longview, TX.
The Texas Eagle, Amtrak’s train No. 21, was already running four hours and 26 minutes late out of Marshall. It left Chicago at 1:55 p.m. Friday and was due for its final destination in San Antonio at 9:55 p.m. Saturday.
North-south rail traffic on the same line in Arkansas was disrupted about 4 p.m. Friday when a freight train collided with a vehicle in Clay County, AR, killing two Corning High School senior girls.