Amtrak train collides with tractor-trailer in Md.

A Frederick County Department of Fire and Rescue crew transported the truck driver to a hospital


By Leila Merrill

BRUNSWICK, Md. — An Amtrak train traveling from Washington, D.C., to Chicago struck a flatbed truck that was stuck on the railroad tracks Wednesday evening, injuring one person.

This follows the Missouri Amtrak crash more than a month ago that killed four people and injured dozens, and an Amtrak train collision that killed a pedestrian in Vacaville, California, in July.

Frederick County Department of Fire and Rescue responded to the train crash Wednesday.
Frederick County Department of Fire and Rescue responded to the train crash Wednesday. (Photo/Preston Deener)

There were no reported injuries to the crew or the 142 train passengers in the Maryland crash, but the truck driver was transported to a hospital, WJLA reported.

The 5:15 p.m. incident occurred at the MARC Train Station in Brunswick and drew emergency units from three states and four counties, including Frederick and Washington counties in Maryland; Loudon County, Virginia; and Jefferson County, West Virginia.

“A traffic backup lead to a tractor-trailer being on the railroad tracks at the time an Amtrak train was coming through,” Frederick County Department of Fire and Rescue Public Information Officer Sarah Campbell wrote in a press release. “There was nowhere for the tractor-trailer to go. [The] train struck [the] rear passenger side of the trailer causing it to be pushed into a passenger truck. The passenger truck was pushed into the building.”

The truck occupant’s injuries were non-life threatening, according to Campbell.

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