Dramatic video shows Amtrak train slamming into semi-truck car hauler

Five people were transported to the hospital after the collision.

October 16, 2021, 2:34 PM

A dramatic video captured the moment an Amtrak train slammed into a semi-truck hauling several cars in Oklahoma, sending vehicles and debris flying and injuring several people on board.

The incident occurred Friday around 7 p.m. local time in Thackerville, near the Oklahoma-Texas border. Minutes before Amtrak Train 822, which operates daily between Fort Worth, Texas, and Oklahoma City, was scheduled to pass through, the car hauler tractor trailer got stuck on the train tracks, Love County Sheriff Marty Grisham told ABC News.

"The tracks are built up a little bit higher" at that crossing, Grisham said. "He had a lot of cars on the trailer. When he tried to cross over the tracks, the trailer high-centered on the tracks, causing him to be stuck and not able to move his tractor-trailer rig any further off the track."

PHOTO: A still from a bystander's video taken right before an Amtrak train collided with a car hauler semi-truck in Thackerville, Oklahoma, on Oct. 15, 2021.
A still from a bystander's video taken right before an Amtrak train collided with a car hauler semi-truck in Thackerville, Oklahoma, on Oct. 15, 2021.
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"Everything was just stuck," he said.

A bystander who captured the video of the collision called 911, according to the sheriff. Authorities attempted to contact the railroad network operator, but the train couldn't be stopped in time, Grisham said.

PHOTO: A still from a bystander's video capturing an Amtrak train colliding with a car hauler semi-truck in Thackerville, Oklahoma, on Oct. 15, 2021.
A still from a bystander's video capturing an Amtrak train colliding with a car hauler semi-truck in Thackerville, Oklahoma, on Oct. 15, 2021.
Brandon Sampson via Storyful

The video showed the railroad crossing gates partially lowered, unable to move past the cars on the upper deck of the double-decker car hauler trailer. The train's horn blared before the locomotive collided with the trailer, sending debris on both sides of the crossing.

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