His Pepsi truck got stuck. Then he saw a train coming.
A train-truck collision at the Main Street railroad tracks resulted in no injuries Thursday morning, but several streets at nearby railroad crossings were closed temporarily.
The streets were reopened about 1 p.m., after the truck and debris were removed.
The Pepsi-Cola delivery truck became stuck on the tracks, police Sgt. Jackie Rhodes said, adding the driver was not in the vehicle at the time of impact.
Driver Nick Contreras said when he was trying to cross the tracks at Main Street, the tractor-trailer became stuck because the crossing was too steep.
Contreras said he tried to get the truck off the tracks for about 10 minutes to no avail. He got out of the truck and was walking to call police when he saw the train approaching, he said.
Police were notified at 9:50 a.m. and alerted CSX.
“CSX didn’t have time to stop the train,” Rhodes said. “The crash occurred within two minutes.”
The train pushed the truck a few feet forward, and it came to rest between the crossings at Main and Lameuse streets.
Very little of the truck’s cargo was scattered around the area. Pepsi products are distributed by Allen Beverages of Gulfport.
“The crossing at Main Street is so high that if trucks don’t cross it fast enough, they can get stuck,” Rhodes said.