LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – A Longmeadow Department of Public Works employee has died after the truck he was driving collided with an Amtrak plow train around 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
Longmeadow Town Manager Stephen Crane told 22News the DPW employee was clearing snow on the road leading up to the tracks when the crash occurred.
Crane also told 22News that the train tracks where the accident occurred on Birnie Road off of Pondside did not have signal lights or crossing sticks.
“A town road does cross over the track here and there aren’t traffic control devices at this particular crossing,” said Crane.
“I understand that it takes time to get them all with lights and guardrails. They’ll probably have some stop gap measures until they can take more permanent actions,” said Thomas Turgeon of Longmeadow.
Amtrak spokesperson Christina Leeds confirmed for 22News that one of their plow trains struck a vehicle about five miles from the Springfield train station. Leeds said that there were no injuries to their crew, and that passengers were not being carried on the train.
Massachusetts State Trooper Matthew Guarino told 22News that they were contacted about the accident at 4:25 P.M. and they conducted a collision analysis at the crash site, and also sent a detective over to investigate.
The only information we have on the DPW truck driver at this time is that he was a man.