May 25, 2018
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Police view data and video from North Berwick train crash, but can’t comment

By Amanda Beland, Foster's Daily Democrat (MCT)

NORTH BERWICK, Maine — North Berwick police, after meeting with Amtrak officials to view available computer data from the train as well as a video, declined to release any detailed information concerning the investigation on the collision between a tractor-trailer truck and an Amtrak Downeaster train that killed the truck driver and injured six on the train on July 11.

North Berwick Police Chief Stephen Peasley said his department, including the accident’s reconstruction team, met with Amtrak officials Wednesday to view computer data gathered from the Amtrak Downeaster train involved in the collision, as well as to watch a video of the collision that was taken by a video camera on the train.

Although he could not comment on the material viewed in both the video and the computer data, Peasley said the meeting was helpful and the investigation was progressing.

North Berwick Police are working primarily with officials from Amtrak and the Federal Railroad Commission, a subagency of the Department of Transportation.

Peasley said his department’s investigation could take a month, but it is very difficult to set a timeline. He added that a month could even be a conservative guess.

Last Monday morning, a 18-wheeler tractor-trailer truck hauling some 50,000 pounds of trash collided with an Amtrak Downeaster train at the intersection of Route 4 (Elm Street) and Buffum Road.

The collision killed the driver of the truck, 35-year-old Peter Barnam of Farmington, N.H., and injured two train crew members and four train passengers. The 112 train passengers were evacuated from the train and taken by bus to their destinations.


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