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Train vs. Dump Truck in Chaires Area [SLIDE SHOW]

By: Lanetra Bennett; Florida Highway Patrol Email
By: Lanetra Bennett; Florida Highway Patrol Email

By: Lanetra Bennett
April 25, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - A Leon County Public Works employee makes it out alive after a train slams into his dump truck.

We were the only camera crew at the crash scene this afternoon.

The crash happened in the Chaires Community off "Road to the Lake Road".

Troopers say around 12:45, 57-year-old Jerry Jones was crossing the railroad tracks; they say Jones stopped on the tracks for unknown reasons, and the train hit the truck on the driver's side, spinning it around.

Dale Walker, Director of Operations with Leon County Public Works said on the scene, "We're very happy that our operator was injured no worse than what he was, and appears to be okay at this time being treated at the hospital. Given the damage that was done to the vehicle, it could've been much worse."

Troopers say Jones is in serious condition.

They say they don't know why his dump truck stopped on the tracks. The crash is under investigation.


By: Lanetra Bennett
April 25, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - The dump truck is a Leon County vehicle with Public Works. The Director of Operations, Dale Walker says trucks were going in and out hauling from a bar pit, which workers say is an area where they take sand from.

WCTV will bring you more tonight on Eyewitness News.


By: Lanetra Bennett
April 26, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - The incident occurred around 12:46 pm this afternoon.

The dump truck driver was on Road to the Lake Rd. and stopped on the railroad tracks.

The train hit and spun the dump truck. The driver is in the hospital with non life threatening injuries.

Troopers don't know at this time why the driver stopped on the tracks.

The train is a two-engines, 82 cars.


A train and dump truck collided this afternoon shortly along Road to the Lake Rd. in Tallahassee.


Tallahassee, FL - A vehicle crash with injuries has been reported at the intersection of Chaires Cross and Road to the Lake Road in Leon County.

Florida Highway Patrol was dispatched at 1:08pm. Injuries have been reported.

There is a roadblock at this time.

WCTV has a reporter on scene and will bring you more details as they become available.


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