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Pickup truck, train collide in Hagerstown

driver, 87, treated and released

July 21, 2011|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • The driver of a pickup truck was taken to the hospital after the truck collided with a freight train in the 700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown at 1:52 p.m. Thursday.
By Joe Crocetta, Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — The driver of a pickup truck was taken to Meritus Medical Center after his vehicle was struck by a freight train in the 700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown Thursday afternoon.

George Fuscsick, 87, of Hagerstown was treated and later released at from the hospital following the 1:52 p.m. collision at the intersection of North Prospect Street, near a railroad crossing, authorities said.

Fuscsick failed to stop for flashing red lights at the railroad crossing, according to a Hagerstown Police Department news release.

After the impact, the Nissan Frontier pickup truck rolled over a median and onto its side, city police said. The CSX train was stopped on the track near the intersection.

 Fuscsick had just left Terrace Wine & Spirits liquor store and was heading south on Pennsylvania Avenue when the truck was clipped on the left rear as it attempted to cross the railroad track, Hagerstown police Officer Jesse Duffey said.

Officer A.M. Lewis said the area is a "quiet zone," meaning the train's horn isn't supposed to be sounded. There is a flashing red light at the crossing, but no gate.

Lewis said the CSX train, which was pulling 27 cars, was traveling at about 10 mph.

The area of Pennsylvania Avenue closed after the accident was reopened at about 2:55 p.m.

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