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Train destroys truck in Ellisville, driver escapes vehicle


A Laurel native nearly lost his life to a train accident Thursday morning in Ellisville.

Derrick Vanosdol was on his way home when his Ford 250 truck got stuck between railroad crossing bars at the intersection of 29 and Old Hwy 11. He was trapped between the bars with cars in front of him and behind him with no where to go.

"There was a car ahead of me  when the bars closed down on the back of my truck," Vanosdol said. "I tried to lift the bars, but the train was already too close."

Friend of Vanosdol Zach Pitts was following behind him when the accident happened.

"I jumped out of my car and tried to help him lift the bars, but I told him to run when I saw the train coming."

Both Vanosdol and Pitts got out of the way of the train when it struck the truck. Neither Vanosdol or Pitts had any injuries. However, the three-month-old truck was totaled.

"Its a miracle I'm alive," Vanosdol said. "I feel very blessed."

The train hit the truck, and pushed it several feet down the tracks before stopping. First responders at the scene included Ellisville Police Chief Bruce Russell, Ellisville Fire Department, MDOT, Daniel Johnson, Senior Railroad Investigator, EMA, CD1, Executive Lance Chancellor, Deputy Director Marda Tullos, Ellisville Fire Chief Ronnie McGilberry and Jones County Fire Chaplain Drew Blanton.

"Those railroad arms are mechanical, and serve a purpose," said Executive Lance Chancellor. "People need to be more careful; just because the railroad arms are still coming down doesn't mean its safe to cross."

No fatalities occurred at the accident, and the scene was cleaned up within the hour. 

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