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Man suffers head injuries when train, truck collide in Antrim Township, Pa.

July 08, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • A work truck is lifted onto a flatbed truck after the work vehicle collided with a train Monday afternoon on Mason Road between U.S. 11 and Browns Mill Road.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

GREENCASTLE, Pa. — A 49-year-old Greencastle man was flown to York (Pa.) Hospital with reported head injuries suffered Monday afternoon when his work truck collided with a moving freight train in Antrim Township, Pa., according to Pennsylvania State Police.

 Trooper Robert T. Hicks said the man’s name would not be released until police finished their investigation of the crash.

 Hicks, who did not provide further details about the man’s condition, said the timetable to complete the investigation was unknown Monday evening.

 The 2:40 p.m. crash closed Mason Road for several hours. The railroad crossing is near Beck Manufacturing, just off Molly Pitcher Highway, or U.S. 11, north of Greencastle.

 When crews removed the Dual County Heating & Air Conditioning truck from the scene, the passenger’s side of the crushed 2005 Ford E-350 was gone. 

 State police are handling the investigation. 

 Norfolk Southern, which owns the tracks where the crash occurred, is also conducting a secondary internal investigation, according to officials.

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 The mile-long train, which had three engines and 32 cars, was traveling from an intermodal facility in Harrisburg, Pa., to Atlanta, according to Dave Pidgeon, a spokesman for Norfolk Southern.

 “I don’t have any information on how fast the train was going at the time of the incident,” Pidgeon said in a telephone interview.

 The Federal Railroad Administration speed limit for rail traffic in that area is 60 mph, he said.

 Norfolk Southern’s two staff members on the train were uninjured, Pidgeon said.

 It appeared the westbound truck hit the train cars in the final one-third of the train, which continued forward shortly before 5 p.m.

 Four trains use the Mason Road crossing daily, and about 250 vehicles cross the rural road there each day, according to online U.S. Department of Transportation records.

 Those records list the average train speed as 30 mph.

 The crossing does not have gates. It has railroad signs on the approach and a stop sign on each side of the slight hill.

 In September 2003, a passenger car that was stopped on the crossing was hit by a train with 68 cars traveling 45 mph. The 36-year-old woman driving the car was uninjured, according to online FRA records.

 Records indicate there were also collisions at the crossing in 1988 and 1979.


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