In what looks like a scene from a parody film, an Amtrak train collided with the trailer of a truck carrying 70,000 pounds of bacon on Friday.
There’s literally bacon everywhere.
The train was passing through Wilmington, southwest of Chicago, when it collided with a truck near Illinois Route 53 and River Road. The trailer of the truck was overturned and split open, with its contents strewn about an embankment. The cab of the truck was separated from the trailer and came to rest on the opposite side of the train.
There was no immediate word of injuries to crew or passengers, but 10 ambulances were called to the scene.
Passenger Sam Herwitz said there was an impact followed by confusion when the train stopped and there were no crew announcements for about 20 minutes.
“No one knew exactly what we were supposed to do. We didn’t really know if we’d hit something or we had just done a brake-check kind of thing,” he told NBC Chicago.
Herwitz said another passenger next to him bumped his head on the seat in front of him and that he saw a woman transported to an ambulance. The driver of the tractor-trailer, he said, walked away from the crash.
“There’s boxes everywhere. But somehow the driver was OK,” he said. “The truck that hit the train is in pieces.”
Herwitz said passengers were being shuttled on buses to Wilmington High School.