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.