The driver of a dump truck was injured this morning when his truck collided head-on with a train carrying railroad employees and cargo in Ayer, the Ayer Fire Department said.
A one-ton dump truck traveling on the tracks struck a train carrying three employees and hauling three utility cars, said Fire Captain Tim Johnston. The collision was reported at 8:25 a.m. east of the Snake Hill Road railroad crossing.
“We don’t know how it got on the tracks, but it was traveling with the tracks, and it ran into the train,” said Frank Fowler, an Ayer firefighter. The train, which was traveling at a slow to moderate speed, pushed the dump truck back about 80 feet, Fowler said.
The three train employees were uninjured, Johnston said. The truck driver, a man who appeared to be in his 20s and was unconscious, was pulled out of the truck and transported by MedFlight to a Boston area hospital for treatment of minor injuries, Fowler said.
The cause of the collision is under investigation, Fowler said.
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