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Train, Fertilizer Truck Crash Injures Wayne County Man

Posted October 24, 2003

— One person is injured after a train and a fertilizer truck collide in Wayne County.

The crash happened shortly before noon on Luby Smith Road near Highway 70 on the Wayne-Johnston County line.

George Michael "Mike" Howell was driving a 1997 International fertilizer spreader truck shortly before noon on Luby Smith Road near Highway 70 on the Wayne-Johnston County line when a train hit his vehicle.

Emergency crews say Howell was trapped in his vehicle when they arrived. He was later freed and taken by helicopter to Duke Hospitals. He is listed in fair condition.

Officials say Howell was returning to Royster Clark, a fertilizer plant in that area, when the crash occurred. Authorities say Howell has been with the company since 1992.

There were no flashing lights or safety bars at the train tracks where the vehicles collided. No hazmat crews were called to the scene.

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