Train collides with tractor trailer

Katie Tower
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SACKVILLE, N.B. – RCMP and CN Railway officials are investigating a collision between a train and a tractor trailer this morning on Queens Road in Sackville.

Sackville RCMP Sgt. Paul Ouelette said fortunately no one was injured in the accident, which happened just before 8 a.m., although the truck did sustain significant damage.

Ouelette said the driver of the dairy truck was not in the vehicle at the time of the collision and the driver of the cargo train managed to slow down enough to avoid derailment before striking the vehicle.

The empty tanker truck, which was en route from the Sussex area for an early-morning milk run, had become stuck on the tracks on a private railway crossing leading up to a local farm.

“The truck was on its way up to the dairy farm and there’s a private crossing there, across the driveway, and it just got stuck there,” said Ouelette.

Equipment was brought in to try and move the vehicle off the tracks but it wasn’t able to be dislodged in time before the train, which was heading southbound towards Nova Scotia, came along. Ouelette said ice and snow build-up on the tracks are believed to be the cause, although the investigation is continuing.

After about an hour and a half, the train was able to continue on its course, said Ouelette, and crews remained on the scene to try to remove the truck, which had been pushed into the ditch.

The investigation is ongoing, however charges are not anticipated.


Organizations: RCMP, CN Railway

Geographic location: SACKVILLE, Queens Road, Sussex Nova Scotia

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  • ghlee doncaster
    January 06, 2014 - 07:29

    very good article and very good photography on a most unfortunate accident..which thankfully was not much worse.

  • verheek
    January 02, 2014 - 21:55

    Shouldn't there be a way to contact the train crew to prevent such a thing happening? They seemed to have a lot of time before the train came.