Semi-tanker hit by train after being trapped on tracks by crossing gates

The crash occurred around 8:38 a.m. on Sept 18.
The crash occurred around 8:38 a.m. on Sept 18.(Lake Township Fire Department)
Published: Sep. 18, 2023 at 2:36 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 18, 2023 at 3:43 PM EDT
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MILLBURY, Ohio (WTVG) - Fostoria Road is closed at the railroad tracks just north of SR-795 following a crash between a semi-tanker and a train Monday morning, according to Lake Township Fire.

The crash occurred around 8:38 a.m. on Sept 18.

Ohio State Highway Patrol says an investigation revealed a 26-year-old man from Toledo was driving Freightliner semi-tractor tanker combination southbound on Fostoria Road when he came to the railroad tracks.

The driver then proceeded to cross the tracks after an eastbound train had cleared the railroad crossing and the gates went up. OSHP says as the semi-tanker was crossing the tracks, the gates came back down as a westbound train was approaching the crossing. The gate came down between the cab of the semi-tanker and the trailer.

According to OSHP, the driver exited the semi-tanker before it was struck by the incoming train.

The crash is currently under investigation. No charges have been filed at this time.

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