Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Questions Remain on Why Truck in Downeaster Crash Didn’t Stop

Investigators turned their focus yesterday to why a truck hauling about 50,000 pounds of trash failed to stop in time to avoid a fatal crash with a northbound Amtrak Downeaster train on Monday in North Berwick, Maine.

The tractor-trailer driver was identified yesterday as Peter Barnum, 35, of Farmington, N.H., police said. Barnum was killed in the crash and six people were hurt, including four train passengers and two crew members.

Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland said the investigation, witness accounts, and 200 feet of skid marks left on the Route 4 roadway show that Barnum tried to stop the truck before it crashed through an activated warning gate at the crossing................READ WHOLE ARTICLE: Questions remain on why truck in train crash didn’t stop - The Boston Globe

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