The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

May 25, 2013

Man OK after train pushes his truck 500 feet

Associated Press

— GLENCOE, Ala. (AP) — The police chief called it an "absolute miracle" after a northeast Alabama man walked away with minor injuries after a train smashed into his pickup truck and pushed it more than 500 feet along the tracks.

John Paul Moore, 22, suffered only a few scratches and bruises after the crash Friday at a railroad crossing in Glencoe, about 6 miles southeast of Gadsden. Moore was able to get out of his mangled truck on his own and was treated and released from a local hospital, The Gadsden Times reported (

"He's got a lot to be thankful for because it was really fortunate," said Glencoe Police Chief Jonathan Horton. "It's an absolute miracle that he made it out of there like he did."

Horton said the driver stopped at the tracks on Keysburg Road and didn't see a train coming, so he started to cross. When Moore did spot the train, he froze, the police chief said.

The train struck Moore's Toyota pickup at about 25 mph and flipped the vehicle onto the driver's side, Horton said. The train pushed the truck 528 feet before coming to a stop.

Horton said police expected the worst after getting the call about the crash. He said nobody expected to find the motorist escape with such minor injuries.