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Train crash averted
Houston County Courier - June 2008
A collision between a train and an overturned vehicle lodged on the railroad tracks in Latexo was averted Wednesday evening, June 4 by the quick action of Houston County Sheriff's Office dispatchers, law enforcement and emergency personnel.
According to reports, at 5:45 p.m. HCSO Sgt. Justin Killough reported a vehicle had left the roadway, overturned and was lodged on the train tracks near the Latexo Post Office and CR 2121 on Hwy. 19 north.
HCSO dispatchers immediately contacted Union Pacific Railroad and began the process of stopping oncoming rail traffic.
According to witnesses, anticipation built as a train sped toward Crockett. Authorities were able to stop the train at Crossing 1170, a mere 2.1 miles south of the location of the lodged vehicle.
According to authorities, it takes a significant distance for a moving train to come to a complete stop since the force of the weight of the ancillary cars moves the engine forward.
One Courier employee on the scene said, "If the train had not stopped when it did, it would have likely crashed into the car. All of the authorities who worked on this call did a great job and as a result, nobody was hurt."
According to reports, the 1997 Ford Mustang driven by Tyasha Walker, 18, of Grapeland was southbound on Hwy. 19 when it crossed the yellow double centerline. The driver reportedly overcorrected to the right, the vehicle spun to the right, overturned several times and came to rest on the railroad tracks.
There were three passengers reportedly inside the vehicle when it overturned and became lodged on the tracks.
Authorities safely removed all of the occupants of the vehicle.
ETMC EMS responded to the call and none of the occupants of the vehicle were transported due to injuries.
Latexo Volunteer Fire Department, Union Pacific Railroad and Texas Department of Public Safety Senior Trooper Bob Reeves, DPS Trooper Brady Germeroth, and Trooper Michael Hutcherson also responded to the scene.