Danforth Train Crash

The mangled remains of a tractor trailer truck that struck a train in Danforth were hauled to the Lyons lot just outside of Calais. The driver of the tractor trailer truck, which was bearing logs at the time, was able to walk away from the crash. (Photo by Lura Jackson)

At approximately 7:19 p.m. the Washington County Regional Communication Center received multiple 911 calls reporting a train and tractor trailer collision in Danforth.  Initial callers reported the train collided with a fuel truck and multiple explosions were heard as well as a partial derailment of the train. The WCRCC dispatched an ambulance, and fire departments from Danforth, Princeton, Indian Township and Baileyvile responded as well as Washington County Deputies..

When first responders arrived on scene they found a log truck loaded with logs had struck the middle of the train and burst into flames.  They were able to put the fire out and reported that no hazmat material was involved.  One boxcar left the rails and traveled some 70 feet into brush on the southern side of the tracks.

During the course of the investigation it was determined that the train, owned by NB Southern Rail and operated by Zachary Sanders, 33, of Corinth, was traveling south when it was struck by Marshall Campbell, 64, of Plaster Rock, New Brunswick, Canada, with the loaded log truck traveling south toward Woodland.  Sanders reported the train lost power and when they walked approximately ½ mile back on the tracks they discovered the crash when they saw the truck on fire.  Campbell was able to make it out of the truck and appeared not to be injured as a result of the crash.  

At the time of the crash the emergency lights at the crossing were working and it is unclear why Campbell did not stop.  The Maine State Police Commercial Enforcement Division was on scene as well as Washington County EMA, Maine DOT, Maine DEP and officials from NB Southern Railway. 

Crews worked throughout the night and were able to re-open the road around 6:30 a.m. the next morning. Speed and alcohol do not appear to be involved. The accident remains under investigation.