Linneus man escapes serious injury in truck collision with train

12 years ago
By Kathy McCarty
Staff Writer

    MASARDIS — A Linneus truck driver escaped serious injury Monday when he was unable to stop his fully-loaded log truck and struck a moving freight train, also loaded with logs, at the railroad crossing on Route 11, about four miles north of the village.
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AVOIDS INJURY — Travis Carll, 32, of Linneus was not seriously injured Monday when the log truck he was driving collided with a train in Masardis.

    Trooper Dennis Quint, of the Maine State Police, responded to investigate the noontime accident.

 

    “Travis Carll, 32, of Linneus, was traveling southbound on Route 11 in a 1999 Western Star tractor trailer owned by McGary Forestry, also of Linneus. The tractor trailer was fully loaded with tree-length logs,” said Sgt. Brian Harris, MSP.

    Harris said as Carll approached the railroad crossing, a train owned by Maine Northern Railway was traveling through the road crossing loaded with tree-length logs. Unable to stop, Carll’s truck struck the freight cars as they passed.

    “Carll was not able to stop in time and struck the side of the train, knocking one of the cars off the track and spilling its load of logs. Carll’s truck sustained severe damage and was totaled in the crash. The train also sustained significant damage,” said Harris.

    According to Harris, Carll sustained a “minor injury to his hand in the accident that did not require medical attention.”

    Route 11 was closed to through traffic for several hours while crews worked to offload the truck and the train so they could be moved from the scene.

    “Traffic was rerouted around the accident scene. Troopers were on site investigating for several hours,” said Harris.

    Assisting Quint and Harris with the accident were members of the Ashland Police Department, Ashland and Masardis fire departments and Maine DEP.

    “Local crews brought heavy equipment to the scene to remove the logs from the tracks and roadway,” said Harris.    

    Carll was fortunate to have escaped serious injury. In October 2006, a similar accident involving a tractor trailer loaded with lumber claimed the life of the Biddeford driver, who swerved his truck to avoid hitting two vehicles stopped at the crossing at the base of the hill on Route 11 as you enter the town. The driver, unable to stop, collided with the moving train, which was also carrying tree-length logs.