Train hits truck in Hulberton

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 19 May 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

HULBERTON – A train hit a pickup truck at about 10:30 this morning in Hulberton. Nobody was injured in the crash, but the vehicle burst into flames not long after the accident.

The train engine operated by Genesee Valley Transportation sustained superficial damage and was back in service at about noon. GVT officials on the scene said the train will need some repairs.

The photo above shows a service truck from the train company. The damaged vehicle had already been towed from the scene at about noon.

The stanchion on the north side of the railroad tracks, which supports the flashing lights, was knocked down and its base uprooted.  That will have to be completely rebuilt, GVT said.

Firefighters were on the scene to put out the truck fire. The Sheriff’s Department is expected to soon put out a press release with the driver’s name.

The crossing on Hulberton Road doesn’t have crossing arms, but one witness said the lights were flashing and the train was blaring its horn when the driver pulled in front of the train.