Train smashes through big rig full of cotton in NC

By David Edwards
Monday, May 7, 2012 10:48 EDT
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Train hits truck filled with cotton in Kings Mountain, NC
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Video has emerged of a train in North Carolina ripping in half a tractor-trailer full of cotton.

A woman can be heard screaming in terror as the train quickly approaches the big rig stuck on the tracks in Kings Mountain on Friday. The driver and passenger are seen running to safety just as the locomotive plows through the truck, scattering bales of cotton everywhere.

“The arms came down and they were still in the truck, trying to get it off,” a witness told WSOC.

At least five more stranded trucks have been hit by trains at the same intersection in the last 10 years. Just a day before, a flat-bed truck got stuck on the tracks, but was freed before the next train came.

“These are accidents that can be prevented if truckers would just obey the signage,” Mayor Mike Murphrey explained.

The city has decided to temporarily close the crossing until Norfolk Southern and the North Carolina Department of Transportation can decide how to correct the problem.

Small bits of cotton are expected to blow around downtown Kings Mountain for days.

Watch this video, uploaded on May 6, 2012.

Watch this video from WSOC, broadcast May 5, 2012.

(h/t: Gawker)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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