Railroad News

Vermont Motorist Injured in Crash with Amtrak Train at Dangerous, Unguarded Central Vermont Railway Crossing

(St. Albans, Vermont – April 28, 2018)

A Highgate, VT motorist driving an SUV suffered undisclosed injuries at about 8:55 P.M., EDT Saturday night when her vehicle was struck on the passenger’s side by Amtrak’s “Vermonter” train.  The Amtrak train was traveling on Central Vermont Railway tracks.  The collision occurred at the unguarded crossing of Aldis Street in St. Albans, VT.

Pamela Lacey was transported to a local St. Albans hospital for treatment of several crash-related injuries after the collision between the Washington, DC-originating train after it had unloaded all its passengers at the St. Albans Amtrak depot and was being yarded for the night.

Although heavily traveled by highway vehicles, there are no active warning devices, such as lights and gates, to warn motorist of the daily average of 6 Amtrak and Central Vermont trains that daily cross Aldis Street at a maximum allowable speed of 10 mph.

The Central Vermont Railway is one of over 100 railroad companies owned and operated by the massive Darien, CT-headquartered Genesee & Wyoming Corporation.