Train, truck crash in Church Hill

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CHURCH HILL — A CSX train and dump truck col­lided in Church Hill late Mon­day morn­ing, Feb. 27.

Emer­gency ser­vices per­son­nel re­sponded to the 11:39 a.m. crash that sent the truck’s driver to the Univer­sity of Mary­land Shock Trauma Cen­ter in Bal­ti­more, ac­cord­ing to Tpr. Matthew Ma­jerow­icz of the Mary­land State Po­lice, Cen­tre­ville.

Ma­jerow­icz iden­ti­fied the truck driver at Charles Kevin Kemp from Sudlersville. Hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials said they could not find Kemp in their records Mon­day af­ter­noon.

The col­li­sion be­tween the 10-wheel dump truck and the train oc­curred at 1405

Roberts Sta­tion Road, Church Hill Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany Chief Brett Van­zant said.

The train con­duc­tor did not need med­i­cal treat­ment, Van­zant said.

Church Hill, Sudlersville, Good­will and Kent Is­land vol­un­teer fire de­part­ments all re­sponded to crash, with KIVFD bring­ing its haz­ardous ma­te­ri­als unit to clean diesel fuel that was leak­ing from the truck, Van­zant said. State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion work­ers also re­sponded.

Van­zant said the CSX Train, head­ing to­ward the Delaware line, was empty and the dump truck, trav­el­ing on Roberts Sta­tion Road (Route 19) to­ward U.S. Route 301, was car­ry­ing sand.

Me­jerow­icz said the 10-wheeler also hit a tree af­ter be­ing struck by the train.

There are no cross­ing arms or flash­ing lights where the tracks cross the road to in­di­cate a train is com­ing, Ma­jerow­icz said, just a rail­road cross­ing sign.

Van­zant re­called a pre­vi­ous in­ci­dent where a train clipped a ve­hi­cle, but said it was minor com­pared to Mon­day’s crash.

The road was closed for about five hours as the MSP Crash Team re­con­structed the crash. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­tin­u­ing.

CHURCH HILL VFD PHOTO

The driver of a dump truck was in­jured Mon­day, Feb. 27, with his truck col­lided with a train in Church Hill.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

A 10-wheel dump truck col­lided with a CSX train late Mon­day morn­ing in Church Hill, in­jur­ing the driver. The truck was car­ry­ing sand.

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