Cleanup of an accident involving two tractor trailers and a train at Highways 21 and 307 is under way, according to the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.
The accident occurred about 9 a.m. and cleanup is happening faster than anticipated.
Emergency workers have confirmed there were no toxic spills resulting from the crash. Cleanup crews should have the road cleared before the evening rush hour.
The driver injured and taken to the hospital has been identified as 63-year-old De-Lane Peterson of Montgomery, Ala. Paramedics rushed him to Memorial Health University Medical Center with a reported injury from the crash.
Investigators have determined that both tractor-trailers were improperly stopped on a portion of the grade when the railroad crossing signal arms came down. The trucks were in a line of traffic in the northbound lanes of Dean Forest stopped side-by-side waiting for the traffic light at Highway 21 to cycle. The eastbound freight-car locomotive struck the trucks before they were able to clear from the tracks.
Upon impact, the roadway was littered with the contents in the tractor containers, which includes grapefruit juice, "chicken grease" and about 30,000 pounds of powdered PVC plastics. No charges have been filed, pending further investigation.
Motorists should avoid the area and continue to take alternate routes until further advised. Metro officers, along with Port Wentworth and Garden City police departments, are stationed at various intersections to control the flow of traffic.
All northbound traffic on Dean Forest Road from Highway 21 is being diverted to Gulf Stream Road and onto Robert B. Miller Road. All southbound motorists on Dean Forest are being diverted onto Robert Miller Road to Gulf Stream and back onto Highway 21.