From the Daily News:
A truck driver was stuck on a set of tracks in Queens Wednesday before he threw open the door and bailed - moments before a train slammed into the tractor-trailer.
"I jumped out when I saw the train coming," said Roy Williams, 53. "I don't know how fast it was going, but I knew he wasn't able to stop."
Williams, who was towing a trailer full of paper napkins from Pennsylvania to a Maspeth restaurant depot, tried to drive over the tracks on 57thAve. when the Long Island Rail Road crossing gate suddenly dropped about 3:30 p.m.
"The lights didn't come on until I was already on the tracks," said Williams, who has been driving for 23 years.
The gate came down and lodged between the cab and the trailer, trapping the truck in the path of a two-car train.
Unable to steer free, Williams bolted only seconds before the engine plowed into the truck with a deafening crash.
"I feel lucky to be alive," said Williams, who lives in Susquehanna, Pa.
Neither Williams nor the train engineer was injured. The train was not carrying any passengers. The MTA is investigating.