Sheriff’s deputies still investigating fatal truck-train collision

One man was reportedly killed Saturday morning when a train collided with a pickup truck near Beryl.

Cedar Communications received a 911 call at about 8:30 a.m. reporting the accident. A 50-year-old male driver of the truck was pronounced dead at the scene once an ambulance arrived. Due to the remote location and the weather conditions, it reportedly took deputies about an hour to get to the scene. Beryl Fire Department was called to assisted with extraction.

The train did not derail nor spill any of the cargo being transported. Upon talking with Union Pacific officials, a train had passed through the area at approximately 4:30 a.m. and they did not see the vehicle. The conductor of the train is cooperating with the investigation.

Sheriff’s deputies are currently investigating if the vehicle was stuck on the tracks at the time of the accident. At this time, there are indications of possible alcohol and drug use by the driver of the pickup truck. The name of the driver has not been released pending notification of next of kin.

The investigation is continuing into the cause and contributing factors of the accident.

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