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Freight train strikes Volvo truck in Pa.

November 11, 2006

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police on Friday investigated a collision involving a vehicle and a train, the second in four days in Franklin County.

Police said Lloyd W. Russell, 23, was westbound in a Volvo tractor truck on Lighthouse Road in Guilford Township at 10:42 a.m. when he failed to stop at the Norfolk Southern railroad crossing just west of U.S. 11. The truck was hit by a southbound freight train whose crew members were Dennis W. Meeks, 63, of Chester, Pa., and Francis R. Krempa, 59, of Pittston, Pa.

Police said the crossing had a stop sign, but no gates or warning lights. Russell was treated for minor injuries at Chambersburg Hospital, police said.

The train had a damaged fuel tank, but was able to continue on to Hagerstown for repairs, police said. Norfolk Southern contacted a hazardous materials company to clean up the diesel spill, police said.

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Police said the train, which was pulling 29 cars, was going about 45 mph when the crash occurred. The northbound lane of U.S. 11 was closed for about two hours while the wreckage was cleared, police said.

A woman sustained minor injuries Tuesday when the vehicle she was driving was struck at a railroad crossing on Pa. 163 in Antrim Township.

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