An employee of the Aaron Ackermann Alfa Insurance Agency captured the moment a massive cargo train impacts a tractor-trailer truck that became stuck on a railroad crossing on Tuesday afternoon.
The incident took place at the railroad crossing at Little Mill Road and West Main Street in downtown Buford shortly after 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
The driver made the decision to attempt to cross the tracks at a crossing that was not designed for tractor-trailer trucks due to the steep grade. The truck became stuck and unable to clear out of the crossing so the driver dialed 9-1-1 to notify authorities that he was unable to move his truck.
Officers attempted to notify Norfolk Southern but there simply was not enough time as a train was approaching from the north. The train was attempting to stop but it was an extremely long train that was almost fully loaded. The train impacted the truck slicing the trailer in half scattering Milwaulkee brand tools all over the railroad tracks and streets on either side.
The Gwinnett County Fire Department responded to the scene and began the process of cleaning up the debris. With assistance from the city of Buford and Willard Wrecker, the accident scene was cleaned up and the tracks reopened after 5 p.m.
Employees at the insurance agency directly across from the crossing where the incident took place recounted the wreck stating that the sound of the impact startled them. One employee, John Hoyt Richardson happened to be outside of the insurance agency on West Main Street and was able to capture the wreck take place.
No injuries were reported.