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Tractor-trailer hit by train in Blawnox

Tuesday, February 11, 2020 | 1:04 PM

The driver of a tractor-trailer narrowly escaped injury Tuesday after a train hit the trailer in Blawnox.

The crash happened around 11 a.m. at the Center Avenue and Fourth Street crossing.

“I heard the train, the whistle and then a boom,” said Jerry Michak, who lives about two streets from the rail lines. “Then my power went out.”

Fire Chief George McBriar said the trailer was hauling more than 47,000 pounds of steel. When the train collided with it, the load was propelled into the air. It pulled down power lines and landed in nearby warehouses that line the rail tracks, including one owned by Tower Auto.

“The impact ripped the whole back end of the trailer off,” McBriar said.

The owner of Tower Auto, whose inventory includes classic cars, was not immediately available for comment.

Blawnox Manager Kathy Ulanowicz said the borough’s building inspector was on site to gauge the impact to several properties.

About 2,600 Duquesne Light customers were without power for about an hour after the crash, said Hollie Geitner, communications director. Crews restored electric shortly after noon, she said.

Crews from Blawnox, Aspinwall and O’Hara responded.