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Driver escapes before train hits tanker truck at western Pennsylvania crossing; no injuries


CENTERVILLE, Pennsylvania — Authorities in western Pennsylvania say a truck driver jumped from the tanker truck he was driving before a train smashed into it over the weekend.

Emergency dispatchers in Washington County said the truck apparently stalled at the railroad crossing on Route 88 in Centerville shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday.

Dispatchers and state police said the driver managed to get out safely before the vehicle was struck by a Norfolk Southern train.

The impact pushed the truck several hundred feet down the track and ripped away the tanker, which contained water from hydraulic fracturing natural gas drilling.

No injuries were reported.

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