Train hits produce truck at Phoenix railroad crossing

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- A train hit a produce truck at a railroad crossing in Phoenix Tuesday morning, but there were no serious injuries reported.

Phoenix police Lt. Michael Rivera said the driver of a produce truck was stopped in traffic going eastbound on Indian School Road approaching 35th Avenue.

The driver realized that a train was coming by and tried to nudge up. He didn't have enough room and the train hit the back of the truck, pushing it into the car in front of him.

"When you have a train coming with several thousand tons of weight behind it, it's very difficult to have that person try to stop that train in time or expect them to do so," Rivera said.

There were a total of five adults in the vehicles. There were some minor injuries reported.

"All the adults, including the driver to the produce vehicle, were taken for transportation and just precautionary reasons," Rivera said.

Police officers are still investigating, but Rivera said the produce truck driver will be cited.

Rivera advised drivers to pay attention at railroad crossings.

"If you don't think you can make it through, as far as where your car might be, it's better to always stop way before the track begins," he said.