Posted: Mar 20, 2013 8:02 AM
NORTH ZULCH, Texas - Crews have reopened a Central Texas rail line after a truck hauling live chickens and a freight train collided in a derailment.
BNSF Railway Co. spokesman Joe Faust said Tuesday that 11 cars and four locomotives derailed near North Zulch, about 120 miles northeast of Austin. Faust says none of the Houston-bound train's crew was injured in Monday night's accident.
The rail line reopened before nightfall Tuesday.
Mike Cockrell with Mississippi-based Sanderson Farms says the trucker was treated and released from a hospital.
Cockrell says about half of the 5,000 chickens on the rig were killed and their carcasses have been removed by the company. The surviving birds were hauled to a processing plant in College Station.
Authorities are trying to determine what caused the accident.
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