Vermont State Police say no injuries were reported after a tractor trailer collided with train in Lyndonville.
The operator of the truck told police that was traveling north on Route 5 on Tuesday afternoon when he was distracted by a car. He said that when he looked up, the train was in front of him.
Police say a video from a nearby store shows that the Freightliner truck did not slow down for the flashing red lights at the train crossing.
Vtrans Railway spokesman Chris Cole says early reports show that the train signal was working.
"Which would have meant that there were flashing lights and bells and that requires the traffic to stop at the stop bars to allow the train to pass through the crossing," Cole says. "That obviously didn’t occur but Vermont Rail Systems will be conducting a complete signal diagnostic and we will ascertain whether it was functioning properly but all reports are that it was functioning properly."
The collision caused a broken air line on the Vermont Railway train, which was repaired before the train could be moved. The truck’s trailer, carrying baled paper, split in half.
Red Village Road was closed while crews cleaned up the trailer and debris from the crash.