Train derails in Platteville after hitting semitruck in crossing

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PLATTEVILLE, Colo. -- A train derailed on Highway 85 after hitting a semitruck in the crossing on Wednesday morning, the Platteville Police Department said.

The crash happened about 5:30 a.m. near Highway 85 and Weld County Road 30 on the south end of the town.

The Union Pacific train had 17 rail cars and two engines that derailed, police said.

Police said the initial investigation shows the driver of the 2012 Kenworth semitruck going eastbound on Weld County Road 30 tried to beat the train.

"You could feel it in the ground," said Bill Armstrong, the director of the Fort Vasquez Museum who heard the crash. It shook pretty hard, almost like an earthquake. It was pretty loud."

The driver of the semitruck suffered minor injuries, the Colorado State Patrol said.

Rail cars were on southbound and northbound lanes of Highway 85, forcing a closure of the road.

Southbound lanes reopened Wednesday afternoon. One northbound lane reopened Thursday evening.

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