Train, tractor trailer collision creates fireball in Clayton County

Moreland Avenue was shut down in both directions at East Conley Road for hours.

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — A major road was blocked in Clayton County Monday morning after a train collided with a car on the tracks.

Moreland Avenue was shut down in both directions at East Conley Road for hours.

According to police, around 6:30 a.m. an 18-wheeler was attempting to back into a nearby location when the rail arms came down and other drivers were stopped, so he could not back off of the tracks.

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The driver and his wife were able to get out of the truck before the collision.

Channel 2 traffic reporter Mark Arum reported the tractor-trailer was carrying liquid nitrogen. A photo a viewer sent Channel 2 Action News appears to show a ball of fire at the crash scene.

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The fire damaged one of the train's tanker cars that could have caused a leak of toxic gases or chemicals.

"The train is apparently hauling some liquid nitrogen, so we had to evacuate a half mile radius, but they were able to contain it. No leakage and nothing in danger at this point," said Clayton County Capt. Marc Richards.

No one was injured in the crash.