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Two injured in train versus truck collision

Caitlin Rickard • Updated Aug 13, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Lebanon police, along with Wilson Emergency Management Agency responders and Lebanon firefighters worked the scene Tuesday of a train versus truck collision at a railroad crossing at Briskin Lane off Sparta Pike.

According to investigating officer Steve Green, a train struck a Cumberland Materials flatbed truck heading westbound on Briskin Lane when the truck entered the train’s path at about 1 p.m.

Adam J. Meyer, of Goodlettsville, was driving the 2004 Western Star flatbed truck. Police believe Meyer failed to observe a Nashville & Eastern train traveling southbound when he crossed into the trains path.

Police said paramedics took Meyer to University Medical Center with minor injuries and a passenger, Jose Javier Batrez, of Antioch, to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. Neither Meyer nor Batrez were wearing seatbelts.

Train engineer William Woodruff, of Cedar Hill, was not injured.

Green said the train was traveling at 13 miles per hour and carrying 32 cars, 28 of which were empty. The Cumberland Materials truck was also empty.

Green said the driver told him he drove this route every day and heard one horn sound before his truck was struck by the train seconds later.

Green said after talking to the driver and viewing the scene, it appeared to be a case where the truck failed to yield to the train, but the investigation is ongoing while officers continued to talk to witnesses.

Charges are pending following further investigation.

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