Update Norfolk Southern train strikes tractor trailer: Truck failed to stop at crossing in Fleetwood

A Norfolk Southern train struck a tractor trailer truck that failed to stop at crossing in Fleetwood Wednesday morning. No injuries were reported.

According to Fleetwood Borough Police, a tractor trailer driven by Raymond Ricks, Jr., 49, of West Orange, N.J., failed to stop prior to the railroad crossing at South Richmond Street by West Locust Street in Fleetwood.

According to Fleetwood Borough Police Chief Steven Stinsky, officers on scene reported that a container truck was traveling northbound on Richmond Street heading into Fleetwood.

Stinsky said the front end of the truck encroached into the path of the train, which was traveling eastbound toward Lyons, when the train struck the front end of the truck.


No injuries were reported as a result of the crash, according to a Fleetwood Police report. The tractor trailer sustained major front end damage and was towed by V&M Towing. The train “sustained moderate front right side damage and was cleared by Norfolk Southern personnel on scene to continue its route,” according to the police report.

Stinsky also reported that there were no hazardous spills.

South Richmond Street was closed for about two hours. Traffic was detoured. Train traffic was stopped for about two hours until the train and tracks were cleared for safety by Norfolk Southern personnel, according to the police report.

Fleetwood Fire Police and Fleetwood Fire Department members were on scene assisting with traffic control and clean up.

The incident remains under investigation.

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