Around 4:15 p.m. Sunday, a Canadian Pacific freight train struck a semi-truck hauling manure on Ranger Highway just north of Morenci in Lenawee County.
The Cab containing the driver was sheared off at the point of impact while the frame was carried by the lead locomotive (CEFX 1048) about 1/2 mile down the track.
The driver of the semi was pulled from burning wreckage by Cory Walworth of Hillsdale who works with the driver at Briskey Brothers Construction.
The driver suffers serious injuries and was transported by helicopter to St. Vincent’s Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio.
This was considered a hazmat situation due the the amount of fuel spilled from the train and the semi.
According to Morenci Fire Chief Brad Lonis, firefighters had to put out fire which spanned about a mile from the scene of the crash.
No one on the train was injured. Several freight cars were technically derailed.
The railroad crossing at Ranger HWY has no signals or gates.
Morenci Fire Department and Hudson Fire Department responded. It wasn’t until around 9:30 p.m. before they cleared the scene.
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