Train jackknifes semi truck in Mount Vernon

Train jackknifes semi truck in Mount Vernon
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. -- A freight train jackknifed a semi truck on Wednesday night, slamming its tail end into a power pole and causing its load to spill all over the roadway.

No one was injured in the incident, which occurred at the railroad crossing on East College Way at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Investigators said the truck's cab was stopped on the train tracks due to slowed traffic ahead stemming from an unrelated collision.

As the driver realized he was in the way of a train approaching at full speed, the traffic moved, allowing him to move the cab off of the tracks. The driver sped forward, trying to avoid the train, but the 18-wheeled truck could not move fast enough.

The train jackknifed the truck's rear end, pushing it into oncoming traffic and a power pole. The impact exposed the pole's wires, but it was not known whether it caused any outages.

The crash also caused the truck to lose its load of construction supplies, which were seen strewn across the roadway.

Investigators said the wooden arms at the train stop failed to work properly. They added the arms had been experiencing glitches throughout the day.

It is not known where the Burlington Northern Santa Fe train had come from, or where it was heading.

Officials said the roads in the area are extremely icy, and urged drives to avoid driving if at all possible.