Amtrak Collision Leads to Big Tomato Mess

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    Lawton Dodd
    This is the mess that was left after a truck and a train collided in Monterey County.

    An Amtrak train with 265 passengers sliced a trailer carrying about 1,600 cartons of tomatoes in half when the two collided on Tuesday.

    Pictures from the scene show tomatoes flew everywhere.

    The crash took place near Soledad  just off of Highway 101 at 12:08 p.m. as the driver of the big rig, who had his 7-year-old son with him as a passenger, left O.P. Murphy's and Sons Packing Plant and tried to cross the tracks. The 53-foot trailer was unable to get across the tracks before being hit by the train.

    Nobody was injured in the wreck, and some of the passengers on the train said they didn't feel anything when the train collided with the trailer.

    Amtrak officials said they are bringing buses to the area to transport the passengers. It is unknown when the train will be cleared from the scene.

    The driver, meanwhile, said he didn't see the train, which was traveling an estimated 60 mph, when he attempted to cross the tracks.

    The tomatoes, which are from Gilroy and were headed to Houston, were being picked up by passengers of the train and those who live in the area.

    Officials with the packing plant said some of the tomatoes are salvageable and will be given to local food banks.

    The tomatoes were priced between $7 and $9 a carton, which means the total loss is estimated to be more than $10,000.

    CHP officers and Gonzales police have shut down the southbound off ramp at Highway 101 as they clear the scene.

    It is currently unknown when the southbound off ramp will reopen.