MARC Train and Dump Truck Collide in Silver Spring, MarylandAuthor: Portner & Shure
During yesterday afternoon’s rush hour, a dump truck and a MARC train collided in Montgomery County between the Silver Spring and Kensington train stations. The cause of the crash and the fault, if any, is not known at this time. Fortunately, nobody was seriously injured, and all 600 passengers aboard the train were unscathed. The truck driver was the only person injured, and luckily for him, the injuries were minor.
The intersection of Forest Glen Road and Seminary Road in Silver Spring is just outside the Capital Beltway (I-495). It is certainly possible that the dump truck stopped on the train tracks because of traffic since this collision happened during rush hour. Drivers should never stop on train tracks because accidents similar to this one can occur. If there are several cars stopped in front of you with train tracks in between, it is always best to stop short of the tracks just in case a train does come through. The train track crossing where this accident occurred does have caution lights and a bar to keep cars from driving through when a train is approaching.
Another possible cause of the crash could be the train conductor driving too fast and not being able to slow the train down in time when the truck was spotted on the tracks. Many things are possible here, but it is unlikely that this collision was not attributed to either the train conductor or the truck driver. One or both of the parties involved must have been at fault for such a horrific crash to occur.
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