Truck driver involved in Tennessee train derailment charged

Jan 11, 2023, 5:38 PM | Updated: Jan 12, 2023, 8:57 am
Overturned train cars rest along the tracks at the site of the train derailment at the intersection...

Overturned train cars rest along the tracks at the site of the train derailment at the intersection of the tracks with Apison Pike on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022. The driver of a semi-truck involved in the derailment has been charged. News outlets reported on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023 that Collegedale Police arrested the driver and charged him with failure to yield, a registration violation and felony reckless endangerment. (Matt Hamilton/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)

(Matt Hamilton/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)

COLLEGEDALE, Tenn. (AP) — The driver of a semi-truck involved in a Tennessee train derailment that left two train workers injured has been charged.

Collegedale Police arrested the driver and charged him with failure to yield, a registration violation and felony reckless endangerment, news outlets reported on Wednesday.

The train hit the truck, which was carrying a 134-foot (41-meter) concrete truss bridge beam, last month as it sat on the tracks waiting for a traffic light to change. The collision pushed three locomotives and 10 railroad cars off the tracks, creating what the Hamilton County Office of Emergency Management called “a disastrous mess” in Collegedale, a suburb of Chattanooga.

The driver did not make sure the tractor-trailer could completely clear the tracks before driving over them and did not contact Norfolk Southern Railroad about his delivery route, a police investigation found.

The driver attempted to clear the tracks when the crossing arms activated, but was unsuccessful, officials said.

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Truck driver involved in Tennessee train derailment charged