Driver bails out just before train hits 18-wheeler hauling batteries

A truck driver escaped injury Monday when a freight train struck his 18-wheeler at a crossing, in Moody, scattering a load of automotive batteries that was taking hours to clean up. The truck was headed west just before 8:45 a.m. on Teague Drive when it got stuck at the crossing, where a sign is posted that warns drivers that trucks should not attempt to cross the tracks there, Department of Public Safety Sgt. David Roberts said. The driver got out of the rig before the Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train struck the trailer, Roberts said. Crews from several fire departments including Waco responded to the accident. No one was injured.