Longmeadow DPW employee killed in crash

Warren Cowles was a town employee for more than 29 years

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (WWLP) – A Longmeadow resident and long time town employee has been identified as the man killed Tuesday in a crash between his DPW plow truck and an Amtrak train.

According to Longmeadow Town Manager Stephen Crane, the victim has been identified as 59-year-old Warren “Cowlesie” Cowles. 

“Cowlesie was a talented and hardworking colleague whose generosity of spirit made him, in many ways, the heart of the department,” Crane said.

Cowles had worked for the Town of Longmeadow for more than 29 years.

Crane told 22News Cowles was plowing snow near the tracks by Birnie Road around 4:00 Tuesday afternoon when his truck collided with an Amtrak train that was traveling north to Springfield, clearing tracks.

Tracks in the area of the accident don’t have any gate arms, lights, or traffic signals that would warn drivers on Birnie Road when an oncoming train is coming.

Amtrak spokesperson Christina Leeds said there were no passengers on the train at the time of the crash, and that no Amtrak employees were hurt.

Leeds also said one of their plow trains struck a vehicle about five miles from the train station in Springfield.

Massachusetts State Police, Longmeadow Police and Amtrak Police are all assisting in the investigation.