Written by Will Jukes
A Trinity Railway Express (TRE) train collided with a small truck May 30, killing the truck driver and disrupting service on the TRE for several hours. The collision took place at around 1 p.m. at the intersection of Rock Island Road and Irby Lane in south Irving.
Eyewitnesses report that the truck was thrown into the air and travelled several hundred feet before coming to a stop. The driver of the truck was traveling alone and no passengers aboard the TRE were injured.
Representatives of DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) said that while the investigation is still underway, initial inspections show the train and the gate-arm were working properly when the collision occurred, and no operator error is suspected.
“The train was driving east when the collision occurred. The truck turned from east to north into the crossing as the gate arms came down,” said Morgan Lyons, Director of Media Relations for DART. “It was traveling on the wrong side of the road when the collision occurred.”
Lyons also reports that the truck was moving when it was struck.
The driver of the truck has yet to be identified, and the circumstances of the accident are still unknown. “We're still in the initial stages of our investigation and we have no way of knowing what was going on in the driver's mind,” Lyons said. More details are pending the official investigation of the accident.
The intersection where the accident occurred is a “silent crossing,” meaning the train does not normally blow its horn as it passes through.