Truck Decimated When High-Speed Train Plows Straight Through It at Haverstraw Train Crossroad
by M.C. Millman
A truck stuck on the train track in Haverstraw at around 9:30 this morning was completely decimated by a freight train plowing straight through it without slowing down.
No injuries were reported, as the truck driver had wisely jumped ship before impact at Route 9W and New Main Street.
The truck was on its way to deliver supplies to the nearby Bow Line power plant but somehow became stuck on the tracks.
Police were called to the scene and warned the driver that a CSX freight train was approaching, whereupon he relocated a safe distance away before impact five minutes later.
The trailer splintered into pieces, spewing its payload near the tracks.
This was not the first time such an accident occurred at this crossroads. In 2018, an individual died when his vehicle was struck by a train at the same location, after a series of similar events.
"A person was killed yesterday in #Haverstraw when they were struck by a #CSX train," New York State Senator David Carlucci tweeted on September 6, 2018. "Could this crossing, where 7 other train accidents have happened, been made safer? We don't know because the @NYSDOT has still not given us their rail crossing study required by law."
Five years later, one is left to wonder how far down the track Carlucci's words were taken. Did the NYS Department of transportation ever conduct that study "required by law"? From today's events, it seems that train left the track long ago without gaining speed and without a payload.