Train collision in Westminster

Deputies from the Carroll County Sheriff's Office responded on Monday, Jan. 30, when a train ran into a tractor trailer at the Hahn Road railroad crossing north of the intersection with Route 27 in Westminster. (Photo by Kevin Dayhoff / January 30, 2012)

An accident involving a train and a tractor trailer closed a Westminster road this morning — but resulted in no injuries.

Just before 11 a.m. this morning, Carroll County sheriff's deputies responded to 911 calls reporting a collision between a tractor-trailer and a train at the Hahn Road railroad crossing north of the intersection with Route 27, near the Westminster Antique Mall.

According to the Sheriff's Office, witnesses report the tractor-trailer was traveling east along Hahn Road when it crossed the tracks into the path of an oncoming locomotive, which was traveling north.

The locomotive struck the rear of the trailer before stopping, crushing the backside of the nearly empty container and pushing it from the tracks before stopping approximately 300 feet down track, according to the sheriff's office.


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No one was reported injured during the collision.

The Sheriff's Office closed Hahn Road for several hours between Route 27 and Woodward Road for investigation and clean-up.

The road was reopened to traffic just after 3 p.m. Monday.

The Sheriff's Office said its investigation revealed the flashing railroad crossing signals were operating at the time of the collision, and the train's engineer had sounded the whistle prior to the crossing.

As a result of the investigation, deputies charged the driver of the truck, Thomas E. Taylor, 63, of Biglerville, Pa., with several traffic violations including negligent driving and failing to stop at a railroad crossing. Taylor was also charged by troopers from the Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division with failing to keep his driver log book current.

Anyone with information about this incident, or who may have witnessed the collision, is being asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 410-386-2900.