72 year old Nathan Tassiott's dump truck brakes failed just as he was approaching the railroad tracks that cross FM-1988 South (near Thomas Supply).
Brakes Fail, Dump Truck Meets Train, LIVINGSTON, March 25, 2015 - Shortly before 10 am on March 25, 2015, a dump truck driven by Nathan Tassiott, 72, of Corrigan, was south-bound on FM-1988 South. As Tassiott approached railroad tracks that cross the road, there was a train approaching. According to Tassiott, his bakes failed. Tassiott took evasive action and cut right into the grass, but apparently was coming too fast to completely avoid making contact with the oncoming train. The dump truck went onto the tracks and the train easily knocked the dump truck out of the way and kept going. Americare Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department, Deputy Terri Mayer with the Polk County Sheriff's Office and Troopers Allen Stanton and Donny Akers with the Texas Highway Patrol. Fortunately, Tassiott wasn't injured, however, the tractor portion of his truck may have been totaled. Traffic was not blocked during investigation. According to investigating officer, Allen Stanton, no citations were issued. A heavy duty wrecker from Riley Wrecker Service out of Corrigan was summoned to clean up the mess. Special thank you: Ken withKen's Towing
Tassiott cut right to avoid the train, but was apparently coming too fast and rolled up onto the tracks.
The train slammed the front end of the truck knocking it out of the way. The train kept going.
Nathan Tassiott was physically okay (pictured with medical professionals with Americare Ambulance Service).
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