ENID, Okla. — No one was injured Saturday afternoon but traffic was snarled after a train struck the trailer of a semi near Garriott and 2nd and another truck struck the top of the railroad overpass at 2nd and Maine two hours later.

Emergency officials closed Garriott and traffic was affected briefly on Maine due to the separate collisions. 

A southbound Union Pacific train smashed a semi's trailer, which was resting on the tracks on Garriott, around 2 p.m. Saturday.

Neither the driver of the semi nor anyone on board the train were injured, according to Enid Police Department personnel at the scene.

Another truck was reported by emergency officials to have hit the railroad overpass on Maine about 4 p.m. Maine is a popular route for motorists when Garriott is closed due to the railroad overpass allowing traffic to flow.

A Penske rental truck scraped the underside of the overpass, according to officials on the scene. There were no injuries. The driver had stated his GPS pointed him along the Maine Street route. Emergency crews had the street cleared and traffic flowing as soon as 20 minutes after the accident.

Garriott was reopened shortly after 5 p.m. 

While the exact cause of the train and tractor-trailer collision still is under investigation, police said a technical glitch with the light system on the tracks may have contributed to the collision.

Prior to the accident, a different train, also southbound, had to stop to allow a northbound train to reroute, causing traffic to backup for several blocks east and west of the tracks across Garriott. After the first southbound train was able to move, it was followed closely by a second southbound train.

Based on witness accounts, police said the warning lights went off for 30 to 45 seconds, even though the second train was on its way. When the lights came back on, the semi truck was then stuck in traffic with the trailer resting on the rails.

Following the first collision, police asked motorists to seek alternate routes and were cautioning truck drivers to remember the Maine Street railroad overpass has low clearance.

Though roadways were clear police were advising motorists to be cautious in the area as crews continue to clean up and assess damage.

Click for the latest, full-access Enid News & Eagle headlines | Text Alerts | app downloads

Have a question about this story? Do you see something we missed? Do you have a story idea for the News & Eagle? Send an email to enidnews@enidnews.com.

React to this story:


Trending Video

Recommended for you