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Amber Alert

Friday, March 14, 2008

Tractor Trailer Torn In Half By Train In Kings Mountain

A train slammed into a tractor trailer after it became stuck on the tracks in Kings Mountain early Friday.The crash happened around 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of Oak Street and Battleground Avenue.

The trailer portion of the vehicle was split in half. A witness said the metal pallets inside, which weigh between 250 and 300 pounds, were tossed like toys.Two similar accidents have happened at the crossing in the past two years.

Carol Norris, who lives half a block away from the crash site, said she heard the impact.“That was my first thought, ‘Not again.’ They need to close the crossing,” Norris said.The tractor trailer driver said he was just following his Global Positioning System, which led him to the crossing that trucks are not supposed to use.

He’s been charged with obstructing a railroad crossing.Police said they are interested in finding out how they can get the road shut down.