Two suffer minor injuries after dump truck collides with train in Shaftsbury

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SHAFTSBURY >> Two people received minor injuries when a truck collided with a train near the New York state line on Tuesday afternoon, according to Vermont State Police.

Just before 3 p.m., James V. Colaneri Jr., 48, of Troy, N.Y., was traveling south on State Line Road in a dump truck when he failed to yield to a westbound Vermont Railway locomotive at a marked but unsignaled railroad crossing, according to a press release from Trooper Benjamin Barton, Shaftsbury barracks.

The 2010 Autocar Dump Truck, owned by County Waste of Clifton Park, N.Y., suffered significant damage to its front end when it collided with the train. The locomotive continued west for a short distance before coming to a stop. Multiple train cars sustained minor damage from being scraped by the truck's front end.

Colaneri and the conductor in the locomotive sustained minor injuries, but did not need medical attention, police said.

KJ Sterns Towing of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. removed the dump truck from the scene, while the locomotive was able to be driven from the scene.

Inspectors from the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles enforcement and safety division responded to the scene to conduct an inspection on the dump truck. Vermont Railway personnel responded to the scene to inspect the locomotive.

State Line Road was closed for an extended period of time. The collision is under investigation.

– Contact Edward Damon at 413-770-6979


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