KATHLEEN -- A truck driver walked away without a scratch Wednesday after he said his brakes failed and the truck collided with a 5,138-ton train.
The wreck happened about 10 a.m. on the Ga. 247 Spur at Sandbed Road near the Perdue Farms chicken processing plant.
Stan Dilly, 43, of Louisville, Kentucky, who was the driver of the Werner tractor-trailer, was not hurt. He was hauling frozen chicken wings.
“Blessed,” Dilly said at the scene when asked how he felt about walking away from the wreck. “Prayer does work. I was praying to God to help me, and he helped me.”
As Dilly was approaching the railroad tracks, he said he realized his brakes were out.
He was unable to stop.
As he got to the track, Dilly said he saw the train and swerved. The impact was on the passenger side of his truck, which was knocked over, Dilly said.
Rick Harris, a spokesman for Norfolk Southern Corp., said train No. 276 was northbound from Jacksonville, Florida, to Georgetown, Kentucky, with two locomotives and 95 empty auto racks used for hauling vehicles.
The train had almost cleared the crossing when the tractor-trailer struck the fourth to the last auto rack, Harris said.
The last four auto racks were removed from the railroad track after the crash and the train was able to continue its journey after about an hour delay,
The crash also delayed another train from Macon that was headed for Jacksonville, Harris said.
The Georgia State Patrol is investigating.
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