Sun December 18, 2011
Update on Train vs. Tractor Trailer in Hutto
Cleanup from the accident earlier today in Hutto is wrapping up. The Williamson County Emergency Management Office reported this afternoon that:
At 9:57 a.m. this morning, Hutto Fire Department responded to a collision between an Amtrak train and a home movers’ box truck carrying a car. The train was traveling eastbound on Union Pacific tracks just south of US 79 in Hutto when it collided with the truck on a private drive approximately a quarter mile west of Highway 130. The driver of the truck was transported to Seton Williamson. There were no passengers in the truck. Two of the train passengers were treated at the scene, but refused transport. The 211 train passengers and 14 train crew members are being sheltered at First Baptist Church in Hutto while Amtrak arranges alternate transportation for them. Traffic is reduced to one lane eastbound on US 79 west of 130 while the accident is being cleared. In addition to Hutto Fire Department, Hutto Police Department, Round Rock Police Department, Department of Public Safety, and Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, EMS, Emergency Management, and Hazardous Materials have responded to the scene. Hutto ISD assisted with buses for passenger transport.