FORT WORTH — A deadly crash involving a Trinity Railway Express train and a car in Fort Worth Saturday afternoon forced passengers to make a detour around the crash site for hours.
The accident happened around 2 p.m. in the 12600 block of Calloway Cemetery Road at a crossing on the Fort Worth-Arlington border between the Centreport and Hurst/Bell stations.
Investigators said warning lights were flashing and the gates were down when a white Toyota sedan drove around them and into the path of the oncoming train.
The driver of the car, its only occupant, was trapped in the wreckage and died. Relatives identified him as Mohammed al-Tayeb, a native of Jordan. He had a wife and a 12-year-old son.
There were 150 passengers aboard the double-decker train. One reported chest pains after the crash, but that person was checked did not require further treatment, according to Fort Worth Fire Department Battalion Chief James Barton.
"I would say that this is a fairly rare occurrence, considering the amount of traffic on this road," Barton said. "There's a lot of truck traffic on this road."
A spokeswoman for TRE said initial reports that the impact derailed the train were incorrect.
Buses were pressed into service to shuttle TRE passengers around the scene of the accident, which was in the final stages of being cleared at 6 p.m.
The Trinity Railway Express provides passenger service between Fort Worth and Dallas.