A truck hauling 35 tons of fertilizer was destroyed and the driver was hurt after colliding with a freight train in Salem.
It happened just after 10 a.m. Friday on private property 200 yards north of the railroad crossing on Brooklake Road Northeast.
Investigators said the driver of the truck, Allen Parks, of Amity, was leaving the loading dock at Marion AG Service Inc. Parks is a driver for Simplot Soil Builders in Halsey.
Workers had just loaded 35 tons of ammonium sulfate fertilizer into double trailers being hauled by the Freightliner truck. As Parks left the loading dock, he began to cross the tracks adjacent to the facility.
Deputies said he failed to yield to the Portland Western Railroad train traveling northbound at 25 mph. The crossing is not controlled by a signal device.
The conductor said he was unable to stop in time. The crash overturned the truck and trailers, causing a minor diesel and fertilizer spill.
Parks was taken to Salem Hospital for treatment of head and leg injuries. His condition was not immediately available.
The conductor and his assistant were not hurt.
Marion County Fire District had a team at the scene to deal with the spills. Portland Western Railroad is also investigating the crash.
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