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Super train and truck collide at an area used by some as a ‘short cut’

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Posted at 6:22 PM, Jan 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-31 18:22:01-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A collision between a CSX train and a tractor-trailer in Chesterfield County happened shortly before 8 a.m. at the railroad tracks along the 3800 of Curtis Street.

"It's very easy to have something happen and not be able to react to it very quickly," said Barbara Rollins.

Rollins heard the commotion and walked over to check it out.

"This is a rather difficult area to cross the track,” Rollins said. “There's a lot of winding road that goes over it. And it's a very good place to have problems or an accident."

Investigators say the tractor-trailer got stuck, leaving tons of furniture and household items scattered along the tracks.

"I guess when people see those signs come down, they try to go around, which is a stupid thing to do," Dale Harlow.

Warning signs are posted not far from the scene. Neighbors say drivers use this portion of Curtis Street to get from this side of the tracks to the other side.

"They should probably reduce the tractor trailers from using this as a short cut,” Allen Mercier. “Where as you can see as you crest the top of it, it scrapes it and you can get stuck very easily."

Allen Mercier sees it happen all the time. And he says by the looks of this, the trucker is lucky to have survived.

"I'm surprised that he got out,” Mercier said. “The Lord was with him today that's all I can say.”

There were no reported injuries. CSX investigators declined to comment. The truck driver and other employees from Atlas Moving Company were on scene, but declined to comment too.