Debris was cleared from a railroad crossing in Mesa on Sunday afternoon after a freight train struck a lowboy trailer.
No one was injured in the incident, said Franklin County sheriff's deputy Justin Gerry. The driver who had been hauling the trailer was cited by troopers from the Washington State Patrol Commercial Vehicle Division for not having a proper commercial driver's license.
Gerry said the man hauling the trailer, whose identity was not available, was eastbound on Sheffield Road when the lowboy became high-centered on the crossing. The man unhooked the trailer and unloaded a fertilizer spreader that was on the lowboy to create more clearance.
The train struck the trailer at about 11:15 a.m. as the man went to reattach the trailer to his semi-truck, Gerry said.
Damage to the locomotive and trailer was minor, Gerry said. Officials from BNSF Railway still were inspecting the track Sunday afternoon, but the train was allowed to continue after the debris was cleared.
Expect 25 mph to 35 mph winds through Tuesday
Residents in Pendleton, Walla Walla and Waitsburg should plan for strong southern winds today through Tuesday morning, said the National Weather Service.
High winds are expected throughout the length of the foothills of the Blue Mountains in Washington and Oregon.
Winds will be between 25 mph and 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.