Train, Pickup Collide in Wilkes-Barre

WILKES-BARRE -- A pickup truck and train collided Tuesday morning in Luzerne County.

Police said the drive collided a county-owned Luzerne Susquehanna Railroad train around 11:30 a.m. at a crossing on Conyngham Avenue in Wilkes-Barre.

The driver of the pickup said he, "didn't see the train coming."

There were no injuries.

6 comments

  • LivesByHere

    FWIW, this is a very low traffic line, so low that there are no lights nor pavement markings.
    I’ve been driving down it and had a train just come rolling though between the car in front of me. I could hear it but if you have music playing loudly it would ‘come out of nowhere’
    Plus all the other people who generally stop on the tracks are a traffic hazard so most people are accustomed to rolling over the tracks quickly to get as little violent motion from the bump as possible.

    • IT

      Between the ambient noise of the traffic, driving on the bumpy road, the overgrowth at the crossing, the low speed of the engine giving lower noise level and the car radio, i can see how it could seem to be ” out of nowhere” for the guy.
      I think a 50/50 fault here, but the rail company will likely win in a court case. A driver is suposed to be aware of surroundings, like a rail crossing.

    • Taylor

      Do you remember when kids were taught to “cross at the green and not in between” and to cross with traffic and not against it? Well, drive around W-B and you’ll people of all ages who simply cross streets without even look at the lights, or anything except their phones.

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