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Traffic crawling around Telge at 290 after train crash

Updated 4:30 pm, Friday, January 25, 2013

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  • Crews work to clean up a wreck after an 18-wheeler collided with a train at the HWY 290 frontage road and Tegle Road Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Cypress. Photo: Cody Duty, Houston Chronicle / © 2013 Houston Chronicle

    Crews work to clean up a wreck after an 18-wheeler collided with a train at the HWY 290 frontage road and Tegle Road Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in Cypress.

    Photo: Cody Duty, Houston Chronicle

 

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Outbound traffic is snarled today on the U.S. 290 feeder around Telge Road after an accident in which a train hit an 18-wheeler that became stuck on the track. The train conductor was injured.

The truck was laden with a compressor motor, which was knocked off the flat bed trailer when a northbound train hit the truck around 11:30 a.m.

Christina Garza at the Harris County Sheriff's Office said traffic was being slowly routed through the intersection around the giant motor. TranStar photos show traffic being routed onto the highway off the feeder at Huffmeister, ahead of Telge.

Raquel Espinoza, a spokeswoman at Union Pacific, said the owner of the truck, Jetco, was working to locate special equipment to pick up the heavy duty motor.

When the driver became stuck on the tracks, he got out, as did another trucker behind him. They attempted to move the truck with a crane. Neither was injured.

The conductor was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.