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Hillsborough collision with train sends truck driver to hospital

A freight train hit a semitrailer truck carrying chicken manure Thursday in Plant City.

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A freight train hit a semitrailer truck carrying chicken manure Thursday in Plant City.

PLANT CITY — A freight train hit a semitrailer truck coming out of a fertilizer business on Paul Buchman Highway on Thursday afternoon, sending the truck driver to a hospital.

At 5:33 p.m., Vicente Ramirez-Martinez drove the truck down the private driveway of CF Industries into the path of an oncoming CSX train, said Sgt. Larry Kraus, a spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol.

The train hit the truck's trailer, not its cab, Kraus said.

Ramirez-Martinez, 49, of Dover was taken to Florida Hospital in Zephyrhills with chest pain, and his injuries were considered non-life threatening.

It was unclear whether he worked for CF Industries at 10608 Paul Buchman Highway.

The truck was hauling chicken manure, which spilled all over the tracks in the crash, Kraus said.

No one on the train hauling empty juice containers was injured, said Carla Groleau, a spokeswoman for CSX.

"They are out there trying to clear the chicken manure off the tracks," she said.

The driveway does not have a safety arm or signal lights, only a sign cautioning drivers to be aware of train traffic.

"The road is on private property, so I don't think they have the same obligation as the train companies and the Department of Transportation has on other roads," Kraus explained.

Hillsborough collision with train sends truck driver to hospital 06/10/10 [Last modified: Friday, June 11, 2010 1:23am]

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