One Airlifted Following 18-wheeler Versus Train Accident

Friday, June 7th, 2013

One person was airlifted from the scene of an 18-wheeler versus train accident on the far south side of New Braunfels.

The wreck happened around 11:15am in the 15-hundred block of Wald Road, in the heavily industrial area on the south end of the city where several quarries are located.

The train, which was traveling at an as yet undetermined speed, struck the big rig as it was trying to cross the tracks injuring the driver and splitting the big rig in two, knocking the rig portion of the truck off the roadway leaving the trailer portion of the truck on the other side of the tracks.

New Braunfels Fire and Rescue crews arrived and had to extricate the driver from the rig where they began treating the driver while waiting for the Airlife helicopter to land near the scene. The driver was then flown to University Hospital.

Crews remained on scene for about an hour cleaning up a fairly large diesel fuel spill. Union Pacific officials were on their way to check out the train for damage and to begin investigating the incident.