Freight train hits big rig's trailer in Fowler (video)

The Fresno BeeMarch 17, 2014 

A freight train hit the rear of a tractor-trailer rig Monday afternoon, blocking Manning Avenue at Golden State Boulevard for several hours, the California Highway Patrol reported.

No injuries were reported in the crash, which happened about 2:45 p.m. The crossing was reopened about 7:45 p.m.

The crash happened inside Fowler city limits, so the city's police department is investigating. Traffic was rerouted from Manning Avenue through Selma, Fowler City Manager Dave Elias said.

The northbound train struck the 40-foot trailer and carried pieces of it about a quarter-mile -- about halfway between Manning and Temperance avenues on Golden State Boulevard.

The train was going about 55 mph when it slammed into the trailer, Elias said. The trailer was believed to be empty, he said, because no other debris was found in the trail of wreckage.

Contractors were nearly finished with a two-month, $600,000 intersection project at Golden State and Manning. Two traffic signal poles were destroyed in the collision as well as Union Pacific equipment, Elias said.

"Everything was marked for (road) striping tomorrow," he said.

Check back later for more on this developing story.

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