Driver Had Been Removed from Vehicle Before Collision
CHARLESTOWN, NH—On the evening of February 3, Charlestown Emergency Services responded to a single motor vehicle accident in South Charlestown where a truck had landed on the railroad tracks. According to the Charlestown Police Department, the driver, who sustained minimal injuries, was safely removed from the pick-up truck and was transported to the hospital. It was requested that Amtrak be notified to stop any train traffic; yet, within moments of this, said officials, a train struck the pick-up truck, destroying the vehicle and causing significant debris to scatter, much of which struck the Charlestown Fire Truck 54E1, causing damage to the truck’s front end.
The mangled remains of the truck after being struck by the Amtrak train (Charlestown Police Dept.)
One injury was reported from this secondary accident, and that patient was later transported to the hospital for evaluation.
Amtrak said that the train had 72 passengers on board, none of whom had reported injuries. Passengers were removed from the disabled train by buses from Fall Mt. Regional School District and transported to the Bellows Falls Amtrak Station.
Officials with the Charlestown Police Department reported that Amtrak Police, Fall Mountain Regional Transportation Services, North Walpole Fire, Walpole EMS, Charlestown Ambulance, and NH State Police all “worked well together to keep the scene safe from any additional injuries.” This accident is still under investigation.