A tractor-trailer loaded with trash crossed paths with a freight train on Red Village Road in Lyndon Tuesday at about 1:20 p.m. The train slammed into the trailer, ripping it in two and spewing the load of baled paper onto the roadway and neighboring properties.
The railroad crossing does have a lighted signal that was still flashing after the collision. The driver of the truck, Clement Charbonneau, 54, of Coaticook, Canada, told police he was distracted by a car and by the time he looked up, it was too late because the train was already there. The train crew said the truck drove onto the tracks right in front of them.
No one was injured.
The tractor part of the truck was able to be driven away from the crash scene. The train had a broken air line that had to be repaired on scene before the train could be moved.
Route 5 was closed for about two and a half hours as the accident was cleared.
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