The U.S. Food Service semi became stuck when trying to cross the inclined tracks at the School Street crossing.
Acworth Mayor Tommy Allegood said the tracks are on a rather steep incline and there are signs around the crossing that warn, "no trucks."
Acworth resident Ron Papaleoni was leaving the post office when he saw the tractor-trailer stuck on the tracks. Papaleoni called 911 and then recorded
the crash on his iPhone. Papaleoni said the train looked to be going around 25 to 30 miles per hour at the time of the crash.
"I heard a train whistle and it didn't look like it was stopping," he said.
Allegood said police received several calls about the stuck tractor-trailer and tried to notify CSX to re-route the train, but were too late to stop the crash.
"By the time visually, (the train engineer) got sight of the truck, there was not enough time for him to stop," Allegood said.
Papaleoni said the driver looked fairly shaken by the accident, but he should have heeded the warning signs not to cross.
"You know, I feel bad whenever anything like that happens," Papaleoni said. "But quite frankly there is a very large sign that says, 'no crossing.' And he gave it a try, but it didn't work out so well."
The truck was reportedly heading to Henry's Louisiana Grill on 4835 N. Main St. to deliver food to the restaurant.
HAZMAT crews arrived at the scene after the crash to assess the damage and clean up the mess. Crews worked to remove the food and fuel from the truck before removing it from the tracks.
As of 4:30 p.m. Monday, Allegood said the truck had been removed from the tracks and that train traffic was back to normal.