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Safety a concern after train collides with tractor trailer

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Updated: 1/05 8:34 am

SCHAGHTICOKE, N.Y. - The local farmer who collided with a train while driving his tractor trailer Friday is now home from the hospital and recovering from minor injuries. However, there are safety concerns about the crossing the family hopes to address.

On Friday, Melrose Assistant Fire Chief James Henderson was Operations Manager for the cold water rescue team that brought a local farmer to safety.

The farmer, Unc Broc, was driving his tractor trailer when it collided with a train along Fishermen's Lane in Schaghticoke. Part of the trailer plunged into the Hoosick River as a result. Unc Broc’s wife said he didn't hear the train and was traveling across the tracks to transport corn as he does numerous times a day on their farm.

"Living on and near the railroad tracks you don't hear it all the time, and being the fact I live maybe 100 feet from the railroad tracks, I definitely would know if they blew it all the time and they don't," said Fire Chief Henderson.

State Police say the accident was caused by Broc's failure to yield to the train. Henderson and other community members say either way, there should be better safety measures at the crossing.

"I think with the amount of traffic that goes down there from the fisherman and being that's an active farm that they should have some kind of railroad crossing there,” said Henderson. “At least lights warning you that something's coming."

Saturday afternoon, a worker with PanAm Railway told NEWS10 ABC he arrived to the scene to make sure the tracks were safe and not damaged from the accident. He said the state has already paid for a true crossing signal to be put here but that getting power to the signal is a challenge.

"Something like this has to happen before they'll do something and it happens all over and it's a shame that it has to go this far,” continued Henderson. “He's lucky he didn't get killed."

Another representative with PanAm Railway said NEW10 ABC will be able to speak with a supervisor on Monday.

The Broc Family said they have an attorney and are looking into the possibility of taking legal action. 

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