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Amtrak Downeaster Train Hits Dump Truck in Maine

By Stephanie Rabiner, Esq. | Last updated on

Similar in circumstance to last month's Amtrak crash in Nevada, just after 11 this morning, an Amtrak Downeaster traveling north from Boston collided with a dump truck in North Berwick , Maine.

Few of the 112 passengers were injured, but the crash left the trash truck in pieces and the driver dead.

This may pose a problem for investigators, who are unsure what caused the crash given that warning lights and bells appeared to be working.

According to WCVB-TV, the Amtrak Downeaster, which travels between Boston and Portland, Maine, was hit when a trash truck driver blew through crossing gates into the side of the train.

Luckily, the train's conductor was able to unhinge the engine from the rest of the train, preventing the other cars from catching on fire.

There is some evidence that the driver didn't totally ignore warnings, as a witness told the Associated Press that skid marks were present at the scene.

Because it's too early to tell what happened, it's also too early to determine who will be held liable for the crash.

However, the skid marks indicate that this may be another in a long line of crashes caused by inattentive, overworked truck drivers.

In those cases, victims and their families soon after filed suits against the truck drivers and, by extension, their employers, on the grounds of driver negligence. Since this was a trash truck, it's very possible that a local city or county could be held responsible for the Amtrak Downeaster crash instead of a private employer.

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