Briefly: Amtrak train collides with tractor-trailer hauling stone

Stone on the ground near railroad tracks
Vermont State Police

No injuries were reported Monday, Feb. 27 when an Amtrak train struck a flatbed tractor-trailer in Vermont.

The collision occurred in the late morning in West Hartford, which is about 44 miles east of Rutland.

The truck was hauling stone from a nearby quarry at the time of the collision.

Amtrak said there were 66 passengers onboard the train, which was headed to Washington, D.C.

Police identified the truck’s driver as Michael Delaney, a 62-year-old from Leicester, Massachusetts.

The driver of a truck that was stuck by a freight train in New York's Hudson Valley late last week also avoided injury.

The tractor-trailer was stopped for a traffic light with the trailer on the railroad tracks when it was struck by the train in the Town of Haverstraw, which is north of New York City on the Hudson River.

That collision occurred Thursday, Feb. 23.

ATA praises Highway Administration's priorities for state projects

The American Trucking Associations said a revised memo outlining the Federal Highway Administration’s priorities for states’ use of funds from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will reduce confusion and accelerate important investments in improving freight capacity.

“As I told Congress earlier this month, FHWA’s memo didn’t just run counter to what lawmakers intended with IIJA, it was causing significant confusion for states at a time when those states needed to be working closely with FHWA to make sure the record-setting investment is directed to where it can do the most good,” said ATA President and CEO Chris Spear. “The IIJA was a good piece of bipartisan legislation and FHWA’s original memo was a misguided attempt to do an end-run around the priorities Congress set and it is a positive sign that DOT leadership has issued new guidance more in line with those priorities.”

In 2021, FHWA issued a memo outlining a wish list of priorities for states as they spent IIJA funds – priorities that ran counter to the bipartisan bill’s intent by directing funds to highway maintenance and non-highway projects over investments in expanding highway capacity.

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Spear told the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on February 1 that the effect of the memo was the country would have “really nice roads and bridges, but we're still sitting on them going nowhere. We need truck lanes we need parking we need new bridges. We need more capacity to move the freight.”

FHWA’s new memo brings the agency’s guidance in line with IIJA’s language and clarifies that states can invest in critical freight capacity expansion projects. 


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