LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — Several emergency crews responded to a crash involving a train just north of Athens Wednesday morning.
An official with Elkmont Fire and EMS confirmed two people were killed in the crash. Limestone County Coroner Mike West confirmed the two men were from Tennessee.
ALEA troopers identified one of the men as Edgardo V Pacheco, 54, of La Vergne, Tennessee. An 18-year-old also died in the crash.
Alabama Law Enforcement Troopers told News 19 that the call came in around 5 a.m. According to the Elkmont officials, a box truck driving north on I-65 fell off the overpass and onto the tracks near Roberts Road. The train collided with the truck.
Alabama Department of Transportation officials arrived on the scene around 9 a.m. to investigate the damage to the overpass.
Limestone County resident Tonia Cofer told News 19 traffic incidents often occur on the bridge.
“It’s terrible really,” Cofer said. “There’ve been other incidents. I’ve lived here for years, and you would be surprised how often it happens.”
Limestone County Commissioner Daryl Sammet said that any situation that mixes traffic and trains can be dangerous.
“There’s always the potential, as heavy as our traffic is getting, to have more and more of these, Sammet told News 19. “You hate to see them, but people have to respect the trains.”
ALEA Highway Patrol Divison will be handling the investigation.