Fire caused by train colliding with tractor trailer near Donkel Rd.

Officials say that a fire was caused by a train colliding with a tractor trailer along Donkle Rd. near Rutherford Rd. on Thursday. Firefighters say the fire has since been extinguished. (Sam Babetz / April 15, 2021) 

GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina)- Emergency officials are responding to a crash involving a  CSX train on Donkle Road near Rutherford Road in Greenville County.

Rutherford Road is shut down due to the incident.

Firefighters, EMS, Highway Patrol and deputies with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office are on scene.

According to a law enforcement official, an 18-wheeler was struck by a train. Witnesses reported hearing a sound like an explosion when the wreck occurred, the official said.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says that the incident occurred when the truck was attempting to cross the train track and was subsequently struck by a passing train. 

Officials from Piedmont Park FD and Greenville County Emergency Management provide an update on the collision that occurred near Donkle Rd. involving a train and tractor trailer Thursday evening.

The fire chief of the Piedmont Park Fire Department says that the collision caused the truck to be pushed down the tracks, but that no derailment of the train occurred. 

Piedmont Park Fire says that a fire was caused during the incident and has since been extinguished. 

Firefighters say that the train involved in the collision contained 3,000 gallons of fuel. Officials say that the situation is being evaluated. Currently, officials say that air monitoring is being set up around the site of the incident. 

Firefighters also noted that it did not appear that any train cars were breached. 

The Piedmont Park Fire District thanked all of the other agencies that assisted them in a post on Facebook 

According to highway patrol, the driver of the truck was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and no other injuries have been reported. 

Officials say they are working with CSX.

FOX Carolina crews on scene observed what appeared to be column of black smoke near the scene of the incident. 

Stay tuned as we work to learn more. 

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