Train vs Truck
An 18-wheeler carrying fresh-cut logs from Walker County was struck by a northbound Norfork-Southern freight train Thursday morning. The driver of the truck, 63-year-old Ricky Odom said this was the first time for him to make a delivery to the lumber yard in Delmar and did not know there was a better place to turn off of Highway 13. He said he saw the train as he crossed the tracks, but the train was closer and faster than he anticipated. The train hit the trailer, slung it around beside the track leaving the driver trapped in the cab within a couple of feet of the still-moving train. The train did an emergency stop. Fortunately, the driver suffered no apparent physical injuries. When asked about his family, he stated he had lost his wife earlier this month and was still recovering from his loss.