A commercial truck driver was killed when his tractor trailer crashed into Amtrak’s Downeaster train Tuesday morning at an intersection in the town of North Berwick, Maine. According to an Amtrak statement, no other serious injuries have been reported among the 109 passengers aboard the train, which provides routine connections between Portland, Maine, and Boston.
Raw video published on the Boston Globe’s website shows an aerial view of the overturned truck and a long stretch of railroad track covered with litter. One of the train’s end cars appears to be charred and firefighters can be seen erecting a ladder onto the end of the train. The video’s title suggests the truck involved was a dump truck, but no other details are known at this time.
North Berwick Town Manager Dwayne Morin told the Boston Globe that the truck collided with the train at the Elm Street / Route 4 crossing. No other details were reported and the crash remains under investigation.
According to the Boston Globe report, Maine State Police dispatched troopers who specialize in commercial vehicle enforcement to the scene of the crash to assist in the investigation.
The Maine crash was the second time in just over 2 weeks that a commercial truck collided with an Amtrak train. On June 24, a truck laden with gravel crashed into the side of the California-bound Amrak Zephyr 70 miles east of Reno, Nevada. The Zephyr crash killed the truck driver, an Amtrak conductor and four passengers. Several other people aboard the train were injured and treated at nearby hospitals.
Amtrak has advised that the Downeaster crash in Maine has disrupted the train service, which is heavily used by commuters and travelers on the northern New England coastline.