WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) – Nine people aboard a Metro-North train were injured after the train collided with a tractor-trailer on Monday.
Metro-North said that the train traveling from Waterbury to Bridgeport struck a tractor-trailer at the Eagle Street railroad crossing just before 11 a.m.
According to officials, the driver of the tractor-trailer noticed the crossing gates lowering and attempted to move the truck out of the way, but wasn’t able to in time before the truck was struck.
There were 30 to 35 passengers on board the train, according to MTA. Nine passengers suffered minor injuries and were evaluated at the scene. The driver of the tractor-trailer refused medical attention.
Our thoughts are with the passengers who were on board the train and we appreciate the rapid response of Waterbury EMTs and police along with the MTAPD. Thankfully injuries appear to be minor. Metro-North Railroad crews are responding to dislodge the truck from underneath the train, and then to restore service between Waterbury and Beacon Falls as quickly as possible. In the meantime, the railroad is arranging substitute bus service for passengers at affected stations. Damage to the train and crossing equipment appears to be minimal.Catherine Rinaldi, Metro-North President
A summons was issued to the driver of the tractor-trailer for stopping at a railroad crossing.