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Saratoga Sheriff: Driver killed in Sunday vehicle-train crash near Ballston Spa identified

Responders at the scene Sunday
Responders at the scene Sunday

BALLSTON – The driver killed in Sunday’s vehicle-train crash in Ballston has been identified as a resident of the road on which he was killed, Saratoga County Sheriff’s officials said.

Timothy B. Smith, 73, of 101 Zepko Lane, was killed when the vehicle he was in was struck by an Amtrak train at about 11:53 a.m., sheriff’s officials said.

No injuries were reported on the train, which Amtrak identified as Adirondack Train 69 from New York City to Montreal.

Zepko Lane is located just south of the village. It essentially ends just before the tracks, but continues on to access property beyond, where Smith lived, officials said.

The crossing has a railroad crossing sign and a stop sign.

Photos: Crews at the scene of Sunday’s fatal vehicle-train accident near Ballston Spa

Members of the sheriff’s road patrol, criminal investigation unit and collision reconstruction unit all responded to the scene. Canadian Pacific Railway Police and the Union Fire Company assisted at the scene.

The crash remained under investigation later Sunday, officials said.

Amtrak noted the incident on its Amtrak Alerts twitter account. Amtrak identified its Adirondack Train 69 as being stopped due to a crossing incident. 

The train stayed on scene for about two hours as a crew appeared to do some work on it. It then could be seen leaving the scene at about 2 p.m. Amtrak then tweeted just after 4 p.m. that the train was then back on the move and operating about four hours late.

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