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Train clips tractor-trailer parked on Plant City railroad tracks


Published:   |   Updated: June 17, 2013 at 12:49 PM

A train transporting 137 box cars struck an unloaded flatbed tractor-trailer Monday morning after its driver left it exposed on the roadway while unlocking a gate in Plant City.

The Florida Highway Patrol said Hector Villavicencio-Ferrer, 64, of Tampa, was driving the tractor-trailer around 6 a.m. when he turned off State Road 39 and onto a private dirt road to the entrance of Cone Ranch.

The FHP said Villavicencio-Ferrer, driving the trailer for Creekside Nursery, Inc., of Dade City, exited to open the gate to the property but left a portion of the trailer on the railroad tracks.

The FHP said the trailer was struck by the southbound CSX train operated by engineer Johnny Carol Giddens, 58, Fitzgerald, Ga.

The impact forced the trailer onto the shoulder of the roadway, the FHP said.

No derailment occurred, and no injuries were reported, the FHP said.

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