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Police: Trash truck driver lucky to be alive after hit by train

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The driver of a trash truck was injured after a loaded Amtrak passenger train slammed into it Thursday morning. (Chuck Prewitt/KCTV5) The driver of a trash truck was injured after a loaded Amtrak passenger train slammed into it Thursday morning. (Chuck Prewitt/KCTV5)
Independence police said the truck driver behind the trash truck is lucky to be alive because a train always wins against any other kind of vehicle.  (Photo courtesy: Iliana Navarro) Independence police said the truck driver behind the trash truck is lucky to be alive because a train always wins against any other kind of vehicle. (Photo courtesy: Iliana Navarro)
INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -

The driver of a trash truck was injured after a loaded Amtrak passenger train slammed into it Thursday morning.

Independence police said the truck driver behind the trash truck is lucky to be alive because a train always wins against any other kind of vehicle.

The wreck happened about 8:30 a.m. near Cedar Cutoff and East Wilson Road.

Police said the railroad crossing arms were down with the lights flashing when the trash truck decided to weave through the intersection.

A freight train was stopped on one set of the tracks but the truck driver didn't see an Amtrak train coming down the other set of tracks.

The Amtrak train knocked the trash truck off the road and into the ditch.

Police say the accident serves as a crucial reminder about railroad crossings.

"There is no protection, regardless of the motor vehicle one may be driving. You just cannot compete against a multi-ton train going at any speed," said Independence police spokesman Tom Gentry.

Police said the truck driver is injured but is expected to survive the ordeal.

The Amtrak train was able to back up after it traveled down the tracks and is waiting for authorities to finish their investigation so it can continue on.

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