Amtrak train strikes tractor-trailer in Frederick County

A crash between an Amtrak train and a tractor-trailer in Maryland led to delays on MARC’s Brunswick Line.

It happened Wednesday afternoon near the Brunswick train station in Frederick County. A traffic backup led to the tractor-trailer being on the railroad tracks on Maple Avenue just when the train was coming through, a Frederick County spokesperson said.

With the tractor-trailer unable to move, the train struck the rear passenger side of the tractor-trailer, which was pushed into a passenger truck. The passenger truck was then pushed into a building.

The driver of the passenger truck, a man, was taken to the hospital with injuries that are not life-threatening.

The train’s 140 passengers, the driver of the tractor-trailer and the passenger of the truck declined transport.

The Amtrak train involved is the Capital Limited, which travels from D.C. to Chicago. The train was headed toward Chicago. By 9:30 p.m., the train had operated and was delayed for 1 1/2 hours. South Maple Avenue, which had been closed, has reopened.

Thomas Robertson

Thomas Robertson is an Associate Producer and Web Writer/Editor at WTOP. After graduating in 2019 from James Madison University, Thomas moved away from Virginia for the first time in his life to cover the local government beat for a small daily newspaper in Zanesville, Ohio.

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