Truck Driver Escapes Seconds Before Commuter Train Strikesby Jana Ritter - Published: 2/05/2015
Just hours after a tragic train crash killed an SUV driver and his five passengers north of New York City on Tuesday evening, a Boston-area commuter train slammed into a tractor-trailer at a railroad crossing on Wednesday morning. A police spokesman for the MBTA said that the Kingston/Plymouth line T train was heading north to Boston with 60 passengers on board when it crashed into the tractor-trailer at the Grove St. crossing in Braintree, MA at around 11:30 am. Fortunately the truck driver was able to jump to safety seconds before the train mangled his cab upon impact.
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Michigan native, Herman Childs-Alan Duram has been a truck driver for four years and said that he was pretty shaken up after the crash. He had just made a delivery to Frito-Lay when his wheels got stuck in the snow as he was crossing the railroad tracks. Another driver had tried to help him get out of the snow and across the tracks, and then suddenly alerted Durham that there was a train coming. “I heard the dinging and I saw that train... It was coming down on me,” said Durham. He explains how he made a split decision to jump from the truck and obviously the best decision as it saved his life. When the train slammed into the cab, it spun the truck right onto the side of the tracks.
“It sounded like an explosion, a bomb... Boom!” Duram said. The truck driver who mostly lived in the truck during long stretches on the road was obviously just thankful to be alive. Once he jumped to safety and realized he was still in one piece, his next most immediate concerned was about the passengers on the train. “I feel miserable about this. There’s people on that train that could have been injured,” he said.
Braintree Fire Captain J. Edward Bulger reported that at least four people had suffered minor injuries and the train had some minor damage as well. “We are fortunate that this was a minor situation,” said Mayor Joeseph C. Sullivan who was at the crash site.
Joe Pesaturo, a spokesman for the MBTA said that buses were dispatched to transport the remaining passengers to Boston.
The crash happened just as New England Patriots fans were flooding into Boston to celebrate their big win in Sunday’s Super Bowl game. Travel around the area has already been extremely difficult from at least three feet of snow accumulating over the last week or so.
While the collision has yet to be officially investigated, it is unlikely that anyone will face any charges since the snow caused Duram’s truck to get stuck at the crossing.