COLLETON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say a pickup truck drove off after a trailer it was hauling was hit by a passenger train in Colleton County.
Colleton County Fire and Rescue officials say the collision happened on Hope Plantation Lane Friday morning when a truck drove around railroad crossing gates.
Chief Barry McRoy said that as the truck was crossing the railroad track, the train, which was traveling at around 89 mph, struck the trailer the truck was pulling.
Evidence at the scene showed that the truck was then pushed off the tracks and on to the dirt shoulder. Witnesses reported that the truck then fled the scene with the trailer, and could not have gone far due to the damage the trailer and truck received.
A deputy located the truck about 20 minutes later. CCFR authorities say the driver had left the trailer behind a gas station on ACE Basin Parkway.
Emergency officials say the driver of the truck was not injured.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
This is the second collision involving a vehicle and an Amtrak train the last five months in Colleton County.