Train strikes semi near Hotchkiss

An empty Union Pacific coal train collided with a semitrailer this morning near Hotchkiss, closing Colorado Highway 133 but causing no injuries, according to railroad and law-enforcement officials.

The accident happened where J.80 Road crosses the tracks south of Colorado Highway 92 at 9:54 a.m., Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis said.

The train, towing 109 empty cars, was traveling from Eagle Pass, Texas, to the West Elk Mine when it struck the truck as it attempted to cross the tracks, Davis said. The crossing has flashing lights, although it isn’t yet known whether the lights were working, he said.

Davis said there were no injuries to the truck driver or the train crew.

An official with the Colorado State Patrol dispatch center in Montrose said Colorado 133 is closed while Union Pacific investigates the damage. The State Patrol is in charge of the accident investigation.

Check back with later today for updates or read the full story in Friday’s Daily Sentinel.


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