Sunday, January 21, 2018
Public safety

No injuries as CSX train hits semi's trailer in Plant City

PLANT CITY — A freight train slammed into the trailer of a semitrailer truck partially stopped on the tracks Monday morning, the Florida Highway Patrol said. No one was injured.

The crash was reported about 6 a.m. at the intersection of State Road 39 and Moriczville Lane.

The truck, driven by Hector Villavicencio-Ferrer, 64, of Tampa turned off SR 39 onto a private dirt road to the entrance for Cone Ranch. When Villavicencio-Ferrer parked the truck to open the entrance gate, a part of the trailer remained on the railroad tracks. A CSX train hauling 137 box cars, operated by Johnny Carol Giddens, of Fitzgerald, Ga., ran into the trailer, troopers said.

The impact threw the trailer onto the shoulder of the road. The train did not derail.

Villavicencio-Ferrer was cited with improper stopping on railroad tracks, troopers said.

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