Train, Car Hauler Collide in Arlington - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Train, Car Hauler Collide in Arlington



    (Published Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014)

    A train carrying cars collided with a car hauler in Arlington Monday afternoon, sending cars in all directions, police say.

    The train collided with the car hauler just after 3 p.m. on the 3500 block of E. Division Street near Great Southwest Parkway.

    Police said there are cars scattered around. It is not yet known which cars, if any, were damaged on the train. The cars damaged in the crash are believed to have been used cars being transported by the car hauler.

    While officials have not confirmed the cause of the crash, a person who claims to have witnessed the crash said she saw the car hauler stuck on the tracks about 20 minutes before the collision took place. She said she immediately called 911 and was told they would take care of it.

    Another witness told NBC 5 they reported the stuck car hauler to 911 about five minutes before the crash.

    The driver of the car hauler and a few other people attempted to flag down the engineer from a distance, before the train hit the car hauler, NBC 5 reported.

    "I saw it coming, straight up. I was on the rail, both rails standing. I could see it coming and I was like [waves arms] we got stuck, guys, stop. But he kept coming and coming so we moved away and he slammed the trailer," said driver Godfrey Mwangi.

    Train Hits Car Hauler in Arlington

    [DFW] Train Hits Car Hauler in Arlington
    A car hauler was struck by a train in the 3500 block of Division Street in Arlington Monday afternoon.
    (Published Monday, Feb. 17, 2014)

    "All we could see was vehicles, part of the vehicles flying from the top deck and debris flying everywhere," Mwangi said.

    At this time, an official damage estimate has not been provided and the total number of cars damaged in the crash has not been released.

    No injuries have been reported.

    NBC 5's Ben Russell contributed to this report.