(Waterbury, Connecticut—October 17, 2022)
Shortly before 11 a.m., a commuter train collided with a tractor-trailer in Waterbury, Connecticut at what is commonly referred to as the Eagle Street Crossing. Nine passengers on the train suffered injuries. The operator of the train had driven to the rail crossing after leaving the scene of an earlier crash.
According to reports, the tractor-trailer driver noticed the gates lowering and attempted to move but was unable to clear the crossing before the train hit the truck. Among the 30 passengers on the train, nine reported injuries and were evaluated at the scene. The truck became lodged under the train and railroad workers came to dislodge it and restore service to the area.
According to Federal Railroad Administration records, the railroad crossing is a private crossing that is owned by Metro-North Commuter Railroad Company. On average, 19 trains go through daily traveling about 25 miles per hour. This Eagle Street crossing has been the site of three prior collisions.
The Waterbury Police are still investigating this collision.