The International Paper facility is pictured in Ticonderoga.
An International Paper Co. employee was critically injured when the truck he was driving was struck by a passenger train in Ticonderoga Feb. 5.
Brian E. Woods, age 27, of Moriah was driving an IP-owned pick up across railroad tracks on IP property off Shore Airport Road when the vehicle was struck by a northbound Amtrak train at about 3 p.m.
Woods was the only person in the truck, which was struck on the passenger side, according to Mark Johns, Ticonderoga police chief.
“It’s very lucky there wasn’t a passenger in the truck,” Johns said. “The truck was demolished.”
Woods was taken to Moses-Ludington Hospital in Ticonderoga and then transferred to Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington. Johns said Woods had critical internal injuries.
The rail cross had signs, but no electronic warning devices, Johns said.
The accident took place during a heavy snow storm, Johns said, but it’s unknown if weather contributed to the accident.
“We’ve not been able to interview the driver,” Johns said. “Our investigation is continuing and I don’t want to speculate on a possible cause.”
Assisting Ti PD with the investigation are the New York State Police collision reconstruction team and the Canadian Pacific Police Department.
“We are investigating because of the severity of the injuries,” Johns said. “We don’t believe there is any criminal culpability.”
Also responding was the Ticonderoga Emergency Squad and the Ticonderoga Fire Department.
The Amtrak train had five cars and an engine. It was carrying 73 passengers and a six-member crew. The train remained at the scene until 8 p.m., when it was backed to the Ticonderoga train station.
Passengers were then unloaded and transported north by bus, Johns said.
The train tracks were undamaged and regular rail traffic resumed that night, Johns said.