Train Hits Tractor-Trailer Truck Cab in Vermont

A tractor-trailer truck cab, on its way to pick up a full trailer, was hit by an oncoming train on Friday. The truck accident happened on Elm Street just before 10 p.m. last Friday night.

The train, a New England Central Railroad freighter, was headed west through St. Albans when it collided with the truck. The truck was flipped over by the force of the train and pushed about 30 feet down the tracks.

The driver of the truck, 44-year-old Tony Lemieux of Newport, sustained only minor injuries in the accident. However, the truck's two 120-gallon diesel tanks were punctured, spilling into the area around the tracks.

The Elm Street crossing, where the accident took place, was not outfitted with gates or lights, only stop signs on either side of the tracks. Trains have the right of way, and drivers are responsible for gauging whether they have enough time to pass.

“Obviously someone made a mistake,” St. Albans Police Chief Gary Taylor said. Because the truck, and not the train, caused the collision, the trucking company will be responsible for the cleanup operation.

In April, a Williston farmer was killed in St. Albans when his tractor was hit by a train in a similar crossing. In December, another New England Central Railroad freight train hit a UPS truck in Roxbury, seriously injuring the driver.

Our thoughts go out to all of those affected by this accident, as well as all of those putting in effort to administer the diesel cleanup

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