UPDATE: The Amarillo Police Department says alcohol a factor in deadly train vs. truck collision
On Saturday, August 10th at approximately 9:25 p.m., officers were dispatched to a motor vehicle vs. a train collision in the 600 block of North Eastern. Upon their arrival they discovered a 2002 Dodge 1500 had been struck by two separate trains as it was crossing the tracks located in the 600 block of North Eastern. Witnesses told officers that they observed the truck disregard the railroad crossing barricades. The Dodge was pulling a horse trailer that had a single horse in it. The Dodge was driven by a 38-year old man from Amarillo. The only passenger in the Dodge truck was a 4-year old boy. The collision with the train caused the child to be ejected from the truck. He died at the scene from injuries he received in the collision.
Justice of the Peace Thomas Jones has ordered an autopsy. No Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad employees were injured in the crash. The driver was taken to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. Alcohol is a factor in this case. The driver's name has not been released at this time.
The crash is being investigated by the Traffic Investigation squad of the Amarillo Policed Dept.
POSTED 12:00 A.M.: The Amarillo Police Department and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad officials are investigating a deadly crash involving a pickup truck versus a train. Officials were called to the scene of the crash around 9:30 p.m. Saturday night at the crossing near the Amarillo Blvd. and Eastern Street. Officials on scene tell Pronews 7 that a pickup truck carrying a horse trailer drove around the railroad crossing and was hit by a train. Part of the truck was dragged by the front engine for a distance before the engine was able to stop. Authorities confirm a small child was killed in the crash, while the male driver was taken to a local hospital with critical injuries. A horse in the trailer was injured. Authorities are searching for it after they said it took off into a nearby field. BNSF has stopped all train traffic in that area. The investigation continues.