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VIDEO: Freight train slams into semi-truck in Wadsworth

Video originally posted on Facebook by Brian Ambrose

A freight train struck a jackknifed semi-trailer truck in Wadsworth Friday afternoon, and it was all caught on video.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office was called at 12:30 p.m. Friday to the railroad tracks on Route 173 east of Route 41 in Wadsworth for a train that struck a semi-truck.

Lake County Sheriff Sgt. Christopher Covelli said that a semi-truck carrying a trailer was driving westbound on Route 173 when a car in front of the semi-truck came to a sudden stop as the railroad track crossing lights turned on, according to a preliminary investigation.

Covelli said that it’s believed the semi-truck driver drove around the car to try and avoid hitting it but ended up jackknifing the trailer. The semi-truck driver was able to escape from his truck, which was partially stuck on the train tracks.

Screenshot of video taken by Brian Ambrose posted on Facebook.

A northbound freight train on the Canadian Pacific tracks was unable to stop in time and hit the semi-trailer truck. No one was injured, Covelli said.

The video above, originally posted on Facebook by Brian Ambrose, shows the moment the train slammed into the truck.

The road remains closed and is not expected to re-open until later Friday evening.


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