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Train-truck collision closes major road

A fiery train-truck collision closed University City Boulevard north of Interstate 485 on Friday.

The wreck happened on a small road off University City Boulevard. The road leads to a Duke Energy substation on the east side of N.C. 49. The truck driver escaped serious injury in the collision, which happened around 8:10 a.m. The tractor trailer burst into flames, sending thick clouds of black smoke into the air.

The section of road was reopened Friday night, with crews scheduled to repave it until 6 a.m. today.

The truck was carrying 5,000 gallons of mineral oil, which is used to lubricate equipment at the Duke substation. The truck was headed to the station when it was struck at the crossing, which does not have automatic gates. The oil caught fire, which spread to the train. Authorities say the train was carrying a variety of materials, including paper products and nitrogen fertilizer.

Authorities say the driver suffered minor injuries and was treated at CMC-University.

Volunteer fire departments from Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties battled the two-alarm blaze, with help from the Charlotte Fire Department. The fire department's hazmat crew also was sent to the scene. There were reports that propane tanks exploded in the blaze.

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