Train carrying military vehicles smashes into cement mixer

HOUSTON – A train carrying military vehicles smashed into a cement mixer Thursday afternoon in the Cypress area.

The incident happened at around 12 p.m. in the 24800 block of Hempstead Highway, near Highway 290 and Barker Cypress Road in northwest Harris County.

PHOTOS: Train, cement mixer collide

The train, hauling dozens of Abrams tanks, was traveling northbound at around 25 mph when the truck tried to beat the train past an intersection, missed a gear going over the tracks and collided with the train, according to the Cy Fair Volunteer Fire Department.

Sky 2 was over the scene and the truck was off to the side of the tracks in a ditch at the intersection. The front of the cement mixer was smashed in.

Two of the train cars were separated, but still on the tracks, to let emergency vehicle pass through.

VIDEO: Sky 2 over collision involving train and cement mixer

The truck driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The train was traveling from Beaumont to Fort Carson, Colorado, according to Union Pacific.