Train hits Liberty city parks truck at service road crossing; two workers injured

Two Liberty parks workers are injured — one critically — after their truck was hit by a train Wednesday morning.

The truck was traveling north on a gravel service road that leads back from some parks department facilities on the other side of a double train track south of Old Highway 210 about a half mile east of Missouri 291.

The truck had stopped on the south side of the crossing to let a westbound train pass, Liberty Police Capt. Andy Hedrick said. The crossing is not equipped with lowering arms and traffic signals.

When the westbound train cleared, the truck began to cross.

But another train was coming on the second track from the opposite direction.

That eastbound Norfolk Southern train hit the truck, knocking it into a ditch on the north side of the track, Hedrick said.

The driver of the truck had to be extricated and was taken to a hospital in critical condition. The passenger was able to get out of the truck on his own, but was also hospitalized with serious injuries.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the workers,” Hedrick said. “We (the police and other city departments) work with the parks all the time and they’re considered family.”

Wednesday’s crash occurred during the middle of Operation Lifesaver’s national Rail Safety Week campaign.