RICHMOND, Vt. - On Dec. 8, at approximately 4 p.m., Vermont State Police in Middlesex received a report of a motor vehicle collision involving a train in Roxbury. Troopers responded to the area of Route 12A and Oxbow Road at the Roxbury Subdivision railroad crossing where the collision occurred.
The railroad crossing is marked with a railroad crossing sign however there are no lights or automatic crossing bars.
The collision involved a United Parcel Service (UPS) delivery truck and a New England Central Railroad freight train. The freight train consisted of one engine and 12 freight cars.
The weather was clear and the blacktop roadway surface of Highway 12A was dry. The gravel roadway surface of Oxbow Road consisted of a thin layer of hard packed snow and was slippery.
The operator of the UPS truck has been identified as Joshua Newton of Richmond. Newton was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision. The operator of the freight train has been identified as Eric Gulbrandson of Munson, Mass.
Investigation indicates that Newton was traveling northbound on Highway 12A in Roxbury and had stopped on 12A at the intersection of the Oxbow Road to allow a vehicle to turn off the Oxbow Road. Gulbrandson was traveling northbound on the railway at approximately 38-40 miles per hour.
The railway in this area runs parallel to 12A. Newton turned left and began traveling west on the Oxbow Road. Based on marks in the roadway, Newton applied his brakes after turning onto Oxbow Road and slid onto the tracks into the path of the freight train. The collision forced the UPS truck in a northern direction and off the tracks. The UPS truck came to rest in a grassy area between the railway and Highway 12A, approximately thirty feet north of the point of impact. The freight train traveled approximately 900 feet before coming to a stop.
Northfield Ambulance responded and treated Newton at the scene before transporting him to a nearby landing area where Newton was then airlifted by DHART to Fletcher Allen in Burlington with serious injuries. Gulbrandson did not sustain any injuries as a result of this collision.
The UPS truck sustained heavy front end damage and was removed from the scene by LaRoche Towing and secured at the LaRoche facility. The freight train sustained minimal damage to the front of the engine and was operated away from the scene by New England Central Railroad personnel.
At last report, Newton was being treated for his injuries at Fletcher Allen in Burlington. No additional information regarding the medical condition of Newton will be released today by Vermont State Police.