Two people were seriously injured Monday afternoon when a Union Pacific train struck the cab of an 18-wheeler on a private driveway between Bridgeport and Paradise.
The train was eastbound on the track, which runs parallel to Texas 114, when it collided with the truck at the driveway across the street from Don’s AC Service around 12:45. The force of the impact ripped the cab off the chassis.
The truck driver, Juan Torres Rios, 50, and a passenger, Cervando Iniguez Gonzalez, 36, of Bridgeport, were briefly pinned inside the cab.
Two helicopter ambulances were called to the scene. Air Evac Lifeteam 68 landed in a field across the street from the accident to transport one of the victims. The second victim was taken to the Paradise High School football field by ground ambulance to meet a CareFlite helicopter.
Both victims were flown to Metroplex hospitals. Their conditions were unavailable Tuesday afternoon.
No one on the train was injured.
Traffic on Texas 114 was briefly shut down while the helicopter was on the scene.
Jeff Degraff, director of media relations for Union Pacific, said the tractor trailer was approaching the crossing on the private road and “either ignored or went through” the stop sign at the crossing. Because the crossing was on private property, it did not have lights or crossing arms.
Degraff said he does not know if the train sounded its horn at the crossing. Although they are not required to blow the horn at a private crossing, if a vehicle is approaching, the train horn is typically sounded as a warning, he said.
Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded to the scene, but once it was determined that the accident was on private property, the investigation was turned over to Union Pacific.
The locomotive sustained only minor damage and was later able to continue to its next stop in Dallas.
Wise County EMS, Paradise Volunteer Fire Department and the Wise County Sheriff’s Office also responded.