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Train strikes truck; crossing arms planned at intersection.

Aug. 3, 2011 at 3:03 a.m.

Victoria Police senior patrol officer Herschel Buck questions truck driver Oscar Hernandez about the collision that forced the closure of a portion of John Stockbauer Drive. "I looked this way, and when I looked the other, the train was already on me," said Hernandez.

For the second time in less than four months, a Kansas City Southern train hit a truck crossing the tracks on John Stockbauer Drive, near Lone Tree Road.

No one was injured in either collision.

About 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, a train slammed into a tractor-trailer crossing the tracks between Houston Highway and Lone Tree Road.

The collision closed down a portion of John Stockbauer Drive for about two hours.

The train, driven by engineer Gerardo Rendon, struck the rear of the trailer, driven by Oscar Hernandez, 42, of San Antonio, who was transporting assorted produce to PFG Food Service.

Hernandez was cited for failure to yield at close proximity, said Victoria Police senior patrol officer Herschel Buck.

"All this because I got lost," Hernandez said, after receiving notice of the citation.

Inspectors for KCS and for Union Pacific, which oversees the tracks, investigated the safety of the train and tracks before re-opening the road to the public.

A similar accident at the railroad crossing occurred in April. A KCS train collided with a 1996 Chevrolet S10, driven by Martin Peralta, 45, of Victoria.

The rail crossing has no railroad gates, but Texas Department of Transportation Area Engineer Randy Bena said a railroad crossing flashing signal with arms that come down is scheduled to be constructed there sometime this year.

In April, the Advocate reported railroad crossings at Convent Street, Murray Street, Odem Street and Pleasant Green Drive will also receive gates through the 2011 Federal Signal Program. The program receives funding through the Federal Highway Administration.



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