Semi driver injured in collision with train

Photos courtesy Mike Johnson


WINSLOW — A Pike County trucker was injured Tuesday afternoon when the semi rig he was driving collided with a train north of Winslow.

Kris McDonald, Petersburg, was southbound on State Road 61 in a 2012 Mack semi owned by C&M Giant Tire when the 1:58 p.m. accident occurred at a crossing north of Winslow near Pike County Road 150S, according to the Pike County Sheriff’s Department.

Police said a Norfolk Southern train was heading westbound when the semi McDonald was driving, which was outfitted to change large tires, struck the second engine pulling the train.

The crossing has warning lights supplementing the “railroad crossing” crossbuck signs at the railway crossing, which does not have descending gates.

After the impact, the sheriff’s department said, an injured McDonald was able to exit the semi on his own. He was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital in Jasper. A hospital spokeswoman said McDonald was treated and released.

McDonald, commenting on pictures of the crash published on The Herald’s social media streams, said he walked away with a torn ligament in his shoulder, a knot on his head and several arm cuts the required stitches.

The driver complimented Sheriff Jeremy Britton and Deputy Brad Jenkins for immediately arriving on scene and Pike County Emergency Medical Services and Memorial Hospital staff for their work.

Also assisting at the scene were the Patoka Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Winslow Volunteer Fire Department.

Cleanup of the crash scene kept the highway closed for more than 3 1/2 hours.

The sheriff’s department reported that an investigation into the accident is continuing.

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