The train won, as they often do. The train won, as they often do.

Two drivers lose races against train; for one it was fatal

Truck-train races were a losing proposition in Nuevo León

There were two cases of races against trains yesterday in Nuevo León, one of which ended in the death of a driver.

In the first instance, Juan Cruz Pérez, 68, made an attempt to cross an intersection before a freight train in San Nicolás de los Garza. But although his semi-trailer was carrying no cargo, he didn’t quite make it.

The train struck the vehicle and left Cruz trapped inside. Emergency personnel freed the driver and transferred him to a nearby hospital where his condition was reported to be poor.

Later in the day, a man driving a pickup truck in an industrial neighborhood of Santa Catarina was not so lucky when he made a dash across a level crossing.

His vehicle was struck on the driver’s side by a three-engine freight train and pushed along the tracks for about 300 meters.

Medical assistance by first responders was not required: the driver was dead by the time they arrived.

Source: Info 7 (sp), El Mañana (sp)

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