Train collides with 18-wheeler in Bessemer City; no injuries reported

BESSEMER CITY, N.C. — Officials said nobody was injured after a train collided with an 18-wheeler Friday morning in Bessemer City.

[NTSB: Truck driver had marijuana, prescription drug in his system at time of GOP train crash]

The collision happened around 6 a.m. at the crossing at E. Alabama Avenue and S. 8th Street, according to authorities.

Investigators said the semi-truck got stuck on the small hill mound on the rail crossing and could not get off before the train hit it.

"A (really) loud ‘bam,’" nearby resident Margaret Jackson said.

The driver was able to get out before the train plowed through.

The intersection and entrance to the South Ridge Business Park were blocked off while crews worked to clear the area.

One neighbor told Channel 9 there has been a problem with trucks getting stuck on the tracks in the past.

In 2014, a train hit another truck hauling lettuce.

Residents said since then, there have two more vehicles hit by trains there. Several more got hauled away before the train arrived.

Channel 9 is reaching out to Norfolk Southern to see what they are doing about the issues neighbors a reporting.