Train Struck Tractor Trailer At A Railroad Crossing
Almost everyone with a driver’s license learned in driver’s education classes to always approach a railroad crossing with caution. Most people stop and wait once the caution arms come down and the lights that indicate that a train is coming begins to flash. However, some people will try and beat the train, sometimes with horrific results. Preliminary statistics reveal that in 2017, there were 2,123 collisions at railroad crossings, resulting in 271 fatalities and 844 injuries. The number of collisions increased in 2018, with 2,217 collisions, resulting in 262 fatalities and 840 injuries.
My Central Jersey reports that service on the Raritan Valley Line was suspended after a train struck a tractor-trailer.
The crash occurred at about 6:30 A.M. at the Cedar Avenue Crossing in Middlesex, New Jersey.
There were 340 customers and crew onboard the train at the time of the collision. No injuries were reported. The driver of the truck also escaped injury.
According to an NJ Transit release, the Raritan Valley Line train 5710 departed High Bridge at 5:51 A.M. It was scheduled to arrive at Newark Penn Station at 7:10 A.M. At the Cedar Avenue Grade Crossing in Middlesex, the train struck a tractor-trailer.
It appears that the tractor-trailer became disabled as it attempted to cross the railroad tracks.
This is not the first accident this year at this crossing. On January 3rd, two women were killed when a train struck their vehicle. Another fatality occurred when a train struck a 17-year-old on January 24th.