KIRKWOOD, Mo. – An Amtrak train hit a semi truck Tuesday afternoon in Kirkwood.
The accident happened when the westbound train hit a jack-knifed semi near Scott and Leffingwell, just east of the Kirkwood Farmers' Market.
Det. Dave Smith with the Kirkwood Police Department says the truck belongs to Arrow Box Company. It got stuck in the snow near the Arrow Box Company building.
A spokesperson for Amtrak says the train operator saw the truck with enough time to hit the brakes, honk the horn, and avoid a more serious collision. It was traveling 16 miles per hour at the time of impact.
There were 59 passengers and four crew members on board the train at the time of the accident. Two passengers were taken to an area hospital as a precaution. One of them had stomach pain and the other a pre-existing back problem.
The train involved in the accident is the Missouri River Runner, the daily afternoon train to Kansas City.
The driver of the truck will comply with drug testing, which is standard procedure after this type of accident. There is no indication the driver was impaired.
According to the fire chief, the trailer of the truck was empty. If it would have had a full load it likely would have had the traction needed to avoid getting stuck.