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Tri-axle driver injured, taken to hospital in Paxinos accident



HARRY DETIZ/FOR THE NEWS-ITEMO Paramedics treat Nathan Weaver, of Paxinos, after a Mack tri-axle he was operating collided with a train on Bottle Road, Paxinos, Tuesday afternoon.

HARRY DETIZ/FOR THE NEWS-ITEMO Paramedics treat Nathan Weaver, of Paxinos, after a Mack tri-axle he was operating collided with a train on Bottle Road, Paxinos, Tuesday afternoon.

PAXINOS — The driver of a Mack tri-axle dump truck was transported to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, after colliding with a train around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday on Bottle Road.

A North Shore Railroad Co. train was making a delivery to Drug Plastics and Glass Co. and attempted to cross both lanes of Bottle Road going eastbound when the front train car was struck by a Mack tri-axle carrying stone, according to a Ralpho Township Police report.

The truck, operated by Nathan Weaver, of Paxinos, hit about five feet from the front of the train and the train took the distance of a car to come to a stop, Elysburg Fire Chief Dennis Kroh said.

Weaver was treated on scene for injuries before being transported to Geisinger by AREA Services.

The train’s operator, Michael Seese, and two crew members were not injured during the collision. Kroh said he believes both the truck, owned by Shamrock Concrete, and train were traveling at a low speed, making deliveries in the area.

The train and tracks did not appear to have any significant damage. Kroh said the tri-axle received extensive damage and was towed by Sunbury Motors.

A small amount of stone that fell from the tri-axle was cleaned up by fire personnel and PennDOT. Kroh said the scene was cleared around 1:30 p.m.

Assisting at the scene were the Elysburg and Overlook Fire Departments, Elysburg MICU, Stonington Fire Department, AREA Services, PennDOT and fire police.

Police said an investigation is ongoing.