CHOWCHILLA - A train crashed into a stranded semi-truck near Chowchilla on Sunday afternoon, and the powerful impact was captured on a cellphone camera.
The collision happened shortly before 5 p.m. on Vista Avenue near Highway 99. The nearly mile-long Union Pacific train was carrying hundreds of military vehicles, mostly Stryker armored personnel carriers. Labels on the vehicles indicated they were being shipped from Ft. Lewis, Washington, to Fort Irwin, California, in the Mojave Desert.
A motorist named Tee Sae gave Action News the video of the crash. He was waiting at the rail crossing at Vista Avenue and Highway 99, saw the stranded truck and started taking video. It shows the truck driver walking down the tracks, frantically waving his arms to stop the train, but, as the video shows, the train kept on coming. The instant the train hit, the trailer of the semi exploded, sending its cargo, cardboard boxes full of plastic bags of trail mix flying.
WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC LANGUAGE
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