Trucker killed in Amtrak crash had at least 11 traffic offenses on record

Posted July 13, 2011, at 10:46 a.m.
Last modified July 13, 2011, at 6:45 p.m.

NORTH BERWICK, Maine — The driver of a tractor-trailer that collided with an Amtrak train in Maine had at least 11 traffic offenses on his record.

Farmington, N.H., resident Peter Barnum was cited twice for unsafe operation of a commercial vehicle in 2002 and 2003.

The New Hampshire Department of Public Safety said Barnum also had six speeding tickets and one seat belt violation in New Hampshire and Massachusetts from 1992 to 2009. Maine officials said he was cited twice for speeding.

Barnum was killed in Monday’s fiery collision in North Berwick. Six people on the train were hurt.

New Hampshire public safety spokesman Jim Van Dongen said Barnum had only one accident and no license suspensions.

Barnum’s record over the past two years was clean. A spokesman for his employer, Triumvirate Environmental Inc., says that’s more important than infractions that happened long ago.