Early Wednesday morning on April 12, a train struck a semitruck at a railroad crossing in Martinsburg but there were fortunately no injuries.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Crash Report, Leonard Cropper, age 65, of Walnut Grove, was driving a 2008 Peterbilt when he ran off the right side of the roadway.
It was reported at the scene of the accident that Cropper then left his vehicle and went to the local gas station across the street in an effort to call the railroad company to let them know about his truck being on the tracks as his trailer was hovering a ditch.
He was unable to get a message to the company in time as reportedly the train, driven by Doug Bennett, age 44, of Moberly, came through town at around 55 m.p.h. and struck the semi.
Parts of the vehicle were spread from the scene of the accident to across Highway 19. The alternator from the semitruck flew in the air and landed inside the Martinsburg Bank & Trust sign.
The Martinsburg Police Department said the railroad crossing will be closed for an undetermined about of time to vehicles and pedestrians. Currently, the crossing arm and audible alarm is gone, which makes the intersection a dangerous one. The MPD has contacted the local school districts to inform them of the closing. The MPD is asking drivers and pedestrians to stay away from the railroad crossing area.