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Train strikes tanker truck at Falkville crossing

By Ronnie Thomas 340-2438

FALKVILLE — There were no injuries early Wednesday when a southbound CSX train smashed into a tanker truck here at the Main Street crossing, according to Falkville Mayor Jimmie Walker.

Walker said the wreck occurred about 1:30 a.m. after the truck driver delivered a load of oil to Falkville Wood Treatment Inc. on U.S. 31.

"His plan was to head up the mountain on Morgan County 55 East toward Eva but he missed his turn there," Walker said.

"He went on down U.S. 31 and turned left onto Main Street. He was going to loop back and get on 55, but he got stuck on the tracks. The train did not derail."

Mike Ross of Falkville Wood Treatment identified the driver as Gregory Staubach.

"He owns the truck and was driving for Asphalt and Fuel Supply of Prattville," Ross said. "A company representative is on his way up to pick up the driver. We use the oil he delivered for treating railroad cross ties."

Walker said the impact pushed the truck to the Second Street crossing, the southern most crossing of three crossings in town.

"The truck was badly damaged but it remained in one piece," he said. "Workers pushed the truck off the track and train traffic continued."

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