BENTONIA, Miss. — A tanker truck driver was seriously injured in central Mississippi when he was hit by an Amtrak passenger train while trying to cross tracks.
Yazoo County Sheriff Jacob Sheriff tells local news outlets that the crash happened around 10:30 a.m. Friday just outside Bentonia.
Hitting the truck was the southbound City of New Orleans train, which runs between Chicago and New Orleans with a stop in Memphis, where it had left Friday morning. The driver, 62-year-old Curtis Moore of Bolton, suffered head and leg injuries and was taken by helicopter to a Jackson hospital.
Sheriff says an Amtrak employee and passenger suffered minor injuries.
The train was stopped for more than an hour.
An Amtrak spokesperson said no passengers or train staff were injured in the crash. He said the train was scheduled to finish its route in Jackson due to flooding on the way to New Orleans.
The spokesperson said the vehcile was stopped on the tracks, and local authorities are investigating to see how it ended up there. He said passengers and staff boarded buses and were able to get to their destination shortly after.