WINGATE, N.C. — Authorities in Wingate had to shut down traffic Wednesday night after a train struck a tractor-trailer at the railroad crossing at North Main and East Wilson streets. This is the second time a train has struck an 18-wheeler in a week at the crossing.
There were not any injuries reported and the truck wasn’t carrying hazardous materials, the Wingate police said.
The North Stewart Street and Bivens Street crossing were closed through Thursday morning. The North Main Street crossing was also closed because the warning device at that crossing was damaged in the crash, Wingate police said. It will remain closed until repairs are made.
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Police said the crash happened after the truck got its landing gear caught on the railroad tracks.
On Jan. 19, a train hit a tractor-trailer at the same Main Street crossing, Wingate police said. The road was closed after that, as well.
No injuries were reported in that collision. No hazardous materials were involved. Channel 9′s Gina Esposito learned that tanker was filled with food supplements for animals.
The Town of Wingate is fed up after the train crashes. For years, they’ve been pushing CSX and NCDOT to make the crossing more passable for tractor-trailers, but nothing has been done. That project costs over a million dollars.
On Thursday, Town Manager Brad Sellers said he hopes these recent crashes serve as a wake up call for state agencies.
“I just hope we can get some traction with NCDOT, CSX,” Sellers said. “The crossings were slated to be repaired or refurbished in December and CSX for whatever that hasn’t been done.”
“I fear it just a matter of time before a life is lost,” he added.
Sellers said he’s worried about there being a possible train derailment and town evacuation. He’s planning to meet with the fire department and other agencies to come up with a disaster plan in case that happens.
The Wingate Police Department said it has been in contact with the North Carolina Department of Transportation about ways to resolve the issue at the crossing.
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