Police ID man killed in truck vs. train wreck along Railroad Dr.
Police ID man killed after truck in which he was traveling was struck by train on Railroad Drive
Police have identified the man killed after the truck in which he was traveling was struck by a train on Railroad Drive.
Richard Glen Neal, 56, was in the back seat of the Ford F-150 with two other men when the crash happened, police said.
Eric Sean Morin, 42, was the driver and Rolando Valdez, 58, was in the front seat.
The crash happened around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday on the 11600 block of Railroad Drive just past Angora Loop near the Kinder Morgan energy plant.
Police said Morin was driving on a private road when he went around a lowered railroad-crossing arm in an attempt to get to Railroad Drive. Morin stopped along the tracks because a gate on the other side of the tracks.
The truck was broadsided by a Union Pacific train, said police.
Neal, who was not wearing a seat belt, was killed after being ejected from the truck, police said.
Morin and Valdez suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Both were wearing seat belts, according to police.
When our crews arrived at the scene, the train was stopped. Pictures sent in by a viewer show a mangled white truck.
Ron Alexander lives nearby and said this is the second time he has witnessed a crash in that area.
Alexander said there are no flashing lights to warn drivers about the train and drivers tend to speed along that stretch of road.
"It looked to me like a white pickup truck was up against a train and it was right at the entrance of the plant. These trains do blow their horns. I hear them all night long. I hear them all day when I'm at home. Just be careful of railroad crossings," Alexander said.
A portion of Railroad Drive was closed for several hours after the crash.
We have a crew headed to the scene and will updated this article as more information becomes available.