Train vs. truck: Trailer peeled back 'like a can of sardines'

Train vs. truck: Trailer peeled back 'like a can of sardines'
A train split apart the trailer of this semi-truck along Hwy 14 near White Salmon on Thursday. (Photo courtesy WSDOT)

WHITE SALMON, Wash. – A tweet from the Washington Department of Transportation nicely summed up a wreck on Thursday afternoon: “Holy cow. Train peeled back the semi trailer like a can of sardines!”

It’s not clear exactly how it happened, but somehow a truck ended up on the rail tracks where it was hit by a train.

The crash happened around 12:45 p.m. on SR 14 near White Salmon.

The truck’s trailer was ripped apart, but state troopers said nobody was hurt.

A department of transportation representative said the train has since been removed from the tracks and moved a bit to the east away from the crash scene.

A crew from the Department of Ecology was also called in to clean up some of the spilled fuel.