Truck driver ID dead after crash with train on Lee Road 61

Published: Sep. 19, 2023 at 10:13 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2023 at 12:16 PM EDT
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LEE COUNTY, Ala. (WTVM) - A crash involving a commercial vehicle and train claimed the life of a 54-year-old truck driver early Tuesday morning.

According to ALEA, the accident happened slightly before 7 a.m. on Sept. 19, leaving Yancey C. Stephens fatally injured. Authorities say the victim’s 2016 Mack tractor-trailer he was driving was struck by the CSX Train after getting stuck at the railroad crossing on Lee County Road 61 near Alabama State Route 14.

Truck driver dead after crash with train on Lee Road 61
Truck driver dead after crash with train on Lee Road 61(Source: WTVM)

Officials with ALEA say the road will be closed for an extended period of time as the tractor-trailer is removed from the train tracks.

Ironically this accident happened just as ALEA is participating in an initiative called “Operation Clear Track,” a safety initiative all about railroad safety. It is designed to give drivers, cyclists or pedestrians tips on how to stay safe near railroad tracks.

ALEA officers were stationed at various railroad crossings Sept. 20 to distribute educational materials. Sergeant Jeremy Burkett from ALEA said they continue to see accidents involving trains at railroad crossings, and its important for everyone to realize, these tragedies do happen.

“That does share an indicate that these things can happen. It’s hard for us to imagine and realize how we can find yourself in this situation, and that’s why again, I think it’s important, for everyone to be really intentional and then pay attention to these things,” Burkett said,

Operation Clear Track began Monday, Sept. 18 and will last through Sunday, Sept. 24.