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Two People Hurt In Lebanon Train Crash

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LEBANON, Tenn. – Two people were injured in a crash involving a train and a truck in Wilson County. It's the second train-involved crash at the same location in the last 16 months. 

The crash happened on Briskin Lane in Lebanon around 1 p.m. Tuesday, just west of Sparta Pike.

Officials with the Lebanon Police Department said a flatbed truck crossed the tracks and was struck by the train. The driver of the truck was Adam Meyer from Goodlettsville. Cumberland Materials from Lebanon owns the truck involved in the crash.

They said the crossing did not have railway lights or crossing arms. Thick brush forced the truck driver to get right up to the tracks to check for an oncoming train. 

By the time he saw the train, the truck was already too close to the tracks. 

Witnesses told investigators the train was moving slowly and the train engineer, William Woodruff of Cedar Hill, was blowing the horn several times before the crash. 

The train was moving about 15 miles per hour. Officials said parts of the truck were dragged across the tracks for about 20 yards before the train came to a rest. 

One of the truck's axels and wheels could be seen in front and underneath the front of the train. 

Several emergency crews responded to the scene, including crews from the Lebanon Police and Fire Departments, Tennessee Highway Patrol and Wilson County Emergency Management Agency. 

The roadway was closed in both directions with the train stopped on the tracks. Police said the roadway would be closed for several hours. 

The train was operated by the Nashville & Eastern Railroad company, which makes runs from Nashville to Lebanon, Watertown, Cookeville and Monterrey. The engine involved in the crash was known as Locomotive #579. It's nickname, "City of Cookeville," was displayed on the side. 

It was not the first crash as the railroad crossing. In April 2012, a CSX train collided with a tractor trailer at the same spot. Officials said the truck driver failed to yeild to the oncoming train and was struck. The trailer was knocked over on its side. 

The train engineer, Woodruff, was not injured in the incident.

The driver of the truck, Meyer, was transported to University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

The passenger of the truck, Jose Javier Batrez of Antioch, was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Neither Meyer nor Batrez were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

Charges were pending the outcome of the investigation.

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