LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Twenty head of cattle have been killed after an 18-wheeler they were in got stuck on railroad tracks and hit by a train outside of Lubbock.

The animals were being taken to a nearby feedlot when the accident happened Wednesday night.

The driver, who was on the phone with a 911 operator, escaped injury, fleeing the cab before the train hit. He had pulled across the tracks and the trailer got high-centered the cab on one side of the tracks and the trailer on the other.

Six animals injured in the wreck were shot by Lubbock police because they were suffering. About 20 survived.

The train was traveling about 50 mph and went about a half mile after hitting the truck.

Lubbock is about 350 miles west of Dallas.