- Associated Press - Monday, July 11, 2011

NORTH BERWICK, Maine (AP) — Police said that safety lights were flashing and gates were down when a tractor-trailer crossed into the path of an Amtrak train that hit the truck in Maine on Monday, killing the driver and injuring the train engineer and several passengers.

North Berwick police Chief Stephen Peasley said one witness reported that the trucker slammed on the brakes and skidded into the intersection before being smashed by the train around 11 a.m.

None of the train’s 112 passengers or two crew members suffered life-threatening injuries. Chief Peasley said the truck driver, whose identity wasn’t immediately released, was hauling trash to an incinerator in Biddeford.

Both the truck and the locomotive caught fire. The engineer hopped off the train and separated the burning engine from the passenger cars to keep the flames from spreading.

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