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Train vs. Tractor Trailer Collision - Driver in Critical Condition

posted Nov 9, 2012, 3:28 PM by Charles Mitchell   [ updated Nov 10, 2012, 6:08 AM ]
Newark Police Department Press Release: 

The Newark Police Department Traffic Division is continuing their investigation into a traffic collision involving a CSX Freight Train and a Tractor Trailer which occurred shortly before 2:00pm on November 9th.  

The preliminary investigation has determined that the driver of the tractor trailer was making a delivery at a restaurant on West Main Street just east of the rail crossing.  The truck and trailer were parked on the sidewalk just east of the crossing.  The driver had just entered into the tractor trailer after making the delivery when the train signal crossings activated due to an approaching westbound CSX freight train.  At that time the crossing arms lowered onto the trailer.  The driver attempted to drive the truck forward and away from the crossing, however, as the tractor entered onto the railroad tracks it was struck on the passenger side of the cab by the front of the freight train.  

As a result of the collision, the driver of the tractor trailer was trapped inside the vehicle for approximately twenty minutes while rescue personnel from the New Castle County Paramedics and Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder extricated him from the vehicle.  

The roadway and rail crossing were opened back up for traffic at approximately 5:30pm.  Motorists are urged to use caution as they pass through the area as CSX personnel make repairs to a crossing signal damaged during the collision.

The investigation into this collision is ongoing.  Anyone with additional information about this incident should contact Corporal Thomas Smith at 302-366-7110 ext. 450 or You can send an anonymous text message tip by texting 302NPD and your message to TIP411.  Information can also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at where a reward may be available.

Photos Courtesy John Jankowski and Newark Police Department