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Truck Collides with Train

Box truck hit by train near Route 191, driver hurt, diesel fuel spilled, but does not contaminate Monocacy Creek.

UPDATED: 2:40 p.m.

The driver of a truck that collided with a train at Brodhead Road just off of Route 191 this morning survived the crash and was taken to for treatment, according to officials.

Robert Altamose Jr., 55, of Brodheadsville, was the driver of a Rider rental box truck, which was hit by the locomotive as it traveled west across the railroad crossing, said Township Police Chief Dan Pancoast.

The train struck the truck just behind the driver compartment, separating the driver section from the box storage area, Pancoast said. The collision also separated a diesel fuel tank from the truck, causing a fuel spill, the police chief said.

Hazardous materials teams were dispatched to the area to clean up the leaking fuel.

Northampton County Emergency Managment Director Robert F. Mateff Sr. said the fuel leak did not threaten the nearby Monocacy Creek and there were no other hazardous materials on board the train or the truck. Norfolk Southern Railroad is taking the lead on cleaning up the fuel spill on its own right-of-way, Mateff said.

The accident is under investigation, though Pancoast said an eyewitness told police that Altamose drove through the railroad crossing without stopping. If that is confirmed, Altamose could be facing traffic citations, the chief said.

BP January 24, 2012 at 07:32 AM
http://www.nhtsa.gov/PR/NHTSA-05-11 U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood """ with 1.09 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled""" one death in 917,431,119 miles traveled ++++++++++++++++++ 2010 1.03 - Overview Charts By Railroad CSX---78.6 million total train miles 116 deaths 1 death every every 677,586 miles traveled CSX in 917,431,119 train miles has 1354 deaths. Amtrak ---40.6 million total train miles 132 deaths 1 death per 307,575 miles traveled Amtrak in 917,431,119 train miles has 2983 deaths. BNSF---169 million total train miles 125 deaths 1 death per 1,352,000 miles traveled BNSF in 917,431,119 train miles has 679 deaths. Norfolk Southern ---91.1 million total train miles. 67 deaths 1 death per 1,359,701 train miles traveled Norfolk Southern in 917,431,119 train miles has 674 deaths. Union Pacific --- 160.3 million train miles 113 deaths 1 death per 1,214,394 train miles traveled Union Pacific in 917,431,119 train miles has 755 deaths.
BP January 24, 2012 at 08:02 AM
Today U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that for normal drivers without sucky brakes and no steering the fatality rate for drivers was 1 person killed per 917,431,119 vehicle miles traveled. But the kill rate for idiot train drivers with sucky brakes and no steering ...Amtrak trains would kill 2,983 people in the same 917,431,119 miles traveled. ...BNSF trains would kill 679 people in the same 917,431,119 vehicle miles traveled. ...CSX trains would kill 1,354 people in the same 917,431,119 vehicle miles traveled. ...Norfolk Southern trains would kill 674 people in the same 917,431,119 vehicle miles traveled. ...Union Pacific trains would kill 755 people in the same 917,431,119 vehicle miles traveled. Secretary Ray LaHood also said he was covering the railroads mass trail of death and destruction just like the FEDS have forever.

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