Amtrak train hits disabled truck on Charlestown tracks

  • After the driver was out of a disabled pickup truck on the tracks in South Charlestown, N.H., on Feb. 3, 2019, an Amtrak passenger train struck the vehicle, causing significant damage. (Charlestown Police Department photograph)

Published: 2/4/2019 11:02:30 AM
Modified: 2/5/2019 4:50:29 PM

CHARLESTOWN — An Amtrak train carrying 74 people slammed into a pickup truck Sunday evening shortly after the driver got out, police said.

Police in Charlestown said the truck had gone over a guardrail and had landed on the railroad tracks on Sunday night. The driver had suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital. The Amtrak Vermonter train hit the vacated truck.

Police said passengers were removed from the train and taken by bus to the Bellows Falls, Vt., Amtrak station.

Scattered debris struck a fire truck, injuring one person inside who was taken to a hospital. The accident is under investigation.


Only one Amtrak train hit a pickup truck that was stuck on the tracks in Charlestown on Sunday evening. An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported how many trains hit the empty truck.

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