Train Strikes Tractor-Trailer In Rockland County
In 1981, the Federal Railroad Administration began keeping track of when trains collided with vehicles at railroad crossings. That year, there were 9,461 collisions with 728 reported fatalities and 3,293 injuries. In 2015, the agency reported 2,075 collisions with 265 fatalities and 798 injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a motorist is about 20 times more likely to die in a crash involving a train than a crash involving another motor vehicle. There are many reasons that a train might strike a car. At times, the car breaks down or stalls on the tracks. Another common reason for these crashes is that a vehicle attempts to beat the train.
CBS Local New York reports that a train struck a tractor-trailer in Rockland County. The incident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Route 17 and Washington Avenue in Sloatsburg.
The 5:25 p.m. train from Secaucus, New Jersey slammed into a tractor-trailer as horrified witnesses looked on. The collision was also captured on video by one of the witnesses, Chris Schuct. The impact of the train hitting the big rig split the trailer in two, spilling HP laser printers onto the ground.
No injuries were reported in the accident. The driver of the truck remained on the scene. Witnesses report that the driver of the truck became stuck while trying to navigate the railroad crossing. It is unclear if the train driver will be issued any citations.