Steamboat Springs A man driving a garbage truck suffered minor head injuries Tuesday when his vehicle was hit by a train.
Loyd Martinez of Baggs, Wyo., was driving a Waste Management garbage truck north on County Road 205 around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday when he was hit by a Union Pacific train going west at 40 mph, state trooper Brett Hilling said.
Martinez told authorities that he didn't remember anything that happened before he drove into the train. However, Hilling said that Martinez apparently saw the train coming because a 65-foot-long skid mark was found at the approach to the railroad crossing.
"It nearly tore the truck's front end off. There wasn't a whole lot left," Hilling said of the collision.
No one was hurt on the train, which was pulling 112 empty cars, six engines and had a total weight of 2,810 tons, Hilling said.
"It just came to a stop on the track," he said.
Martinez suffered a large cut on his head and was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center, where he was treated and released later that afternoon, Hilling said.
Alcohol was not a factor in the accident, authorities said.