June 21, 2018
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Tractor-trailer hits train in Masardis, snarls traffic on Route 11

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

MASARDIS, Maine — Maine State Police were on the scene of an accident Monday evening in which a tractor-trailer collided with a train.

State police Sgt. Brian Harris said the truck driver, Travis Carll, 32, of Linneus, suffered only a minor injury and did not require medical attention.

Carll was heading south on Route 11 in a 1999 Western Star tractor-trailer owned by McGary Forestry of Linneus when the crash occurred about noon, Harris said.

Carll was unable to stop the tractor-trailer loaded with tree-length logs as he approached the railroad crossing in Masardis where a train owned by Maine Northern Railway was passing through with cars also loaded with tree-length logs.

The tractor-trailer struck the side of the train, knocking one of the cars off the track and spilling the car’s load of logs, according to Harris.

The truck was totaled in the crash and the train had significant damage, police said. The train operator was not injured.

Route 11 remained closed at 5 p.m. as heavy equipment and local crews were brought to the site to remove the logs and clear the roadway.

Traffic was being rerouted around the accident scene.

Trooper Dennis Quint was the investigating officer, assisted by Harris and members of the Ashland Police Department, Ashland and Masardis fire departments and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

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