LAKELAND — Residents got some frozen treats the hard way Wednesday morning, hours after a CSX train struck a semitrailer truck, splitting it in half and spilling its load of frozen beef, chicken and fish onto the roadway.
The train was traveling from Winter Haven to Jacksonville when it struck a semi that had stalled on the railroad tracks around 11:55 p.m. Tuesday night near N Ingraham Avenue, according to the Ledger.
The newspaper reported that the train was carrying 48 loads of mixed freight and 17 empty cars at the time. It was cleared to start moving again Wednesday around 5:45 a.m.
CSX crews and Lakeland police were on site to help clear the roadway, but not before a few nearby residents could indulge.
Free chicken? Fish? Neighbors grabbing boxes of meat after CSX train heading to Jacksonville crashes along N. Ingraham in Lakeland. No injuries. pic.twitter.com/hk2eM2z2J9— Emerald Morrow (@EmeraldMorrow) December 13, 2017
No injuries to the train crew or truck driver were reported, the spokeswoman said, and police are investigating the cause of the crash.