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Train and Semi-Truck Crash near Burbank

BURBANK, Wash. -   A train crashed into a 50-foot semi truck that tried to cross the tracks.  Traffic was backed up for miles.

It happened off of Highway 124 near Burbank.  Police said it is a miracle that the driver survived.  They also said his injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

It occurred at around one o'clock this afternoon.   After the crash the truck was ripped in half and dragged a quarter of mile along the tracks.

When rescue crews arrived 15 foot high flames could be scene from miles that were caused by burning fuel from the truck.

Roger Cole heard the accident from inside his home and ran outside with a fire extinguisher to try and help.  He said, "It tore his trailer off back down the railroad a ways. And carried the whole outfit quit a ways. They were doing 50 miles an hour. He's lucky to be alive."

The truck was on its way to pick up potatoes and the train was completely empty.  The driver of the train escaped without injury. The driver of the truck was flown to Walla Walla Hospital by helicopter and is expected to survive.