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    • An eastbound Union Pacific train cut a saltwater tanker in two and ripped it from the semi tractor at SW 10th Street a mile west of Cullison on Thursday, Aug. 16. The driver of the semi, Stephen Jackson, 25 of Pratt, was eastbound on SW 10th Street in a 2003 Peterbilt semi tractor pulling a saltwater tanker for Siroky Oil Management of Pratt when he failed to see or hear the train and pulled on the tracks. He was able to get the tractor clear but the train tore the tanker in two with the rear half on the north side of the tracks and the rest of the tanker on the south side of the tracks while the tractor stopped upright in the ditch on the west side of SW 10th Street. Jackson, Union Pacific Conductor Criag Bryant, 28 of Dalhart, Texas and Union Pacific Engineer Bill Montgomery of Pratt were not injured in the accident.  

      Posted Aug. 23, 2012