Fuel Tanker Truck Hit by Train

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) _ Authorities say the driver of a fuel tanker was killed after his truck was hit by a train near a central Florida phosphate mining operation.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office reports that the collision occurred Wednesday morning on a stretch of track near Bartow.

It’s used for mining and manufacturing operations of the Plymouth, Minn.-based Mosaic Company, the world’s largest phosphate miner.

Mosaic spokesman Russell Schweiss said the tractor-trailer had just delivered a load of diesel fuel and was returning to a Mosaic manufacturing facility.

The driver, who wasn’t immediately identified, worked for a company that contracts with Mosaic.

The three men on the train weren’t injured.

The crash remains under investigation, and Schweiss says Mosaic hopes to learn if additional safety measures can be taken in the future.

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