DELANSON — A lumber-filled, tractor-trailer struck by a freight train Sunday in Delanson was hit after one of its tires became struck on the rails.
Guillaume Caron, 35, of L’ancienne-Lorette, Quebec, Canada, was turning onto the Cole Road crossing between Route 7 and Route 395 when the tire become stuck.
Caron was unable to free the vehicle from the tracks. He got out of the truck before it was hit, leaving a portion of the trailer on the rails, according to the Schenectady County Sheriff’s Department.
Upon impact about half the load of lumber spilled out and closed the railway and road for several hours.
No injuries were suffered, but Caron was taken to Ellis Hospital for evaluation, police said.
The eastbound Norfolk-Southern train is owned by Quebec-based Couture Expressway.
No tickets or charges are expected and the crash remains under investigation, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
The trailer was in the process of delivering a load of lumber to Harvest Homes Builders.
Members from the Delanson Fire Department, Quaker Street Fire Department and Schenectady County Emergency Management and fire investigators assisted at the scene.
Chief Deputy John Lubrant declined to disclose how much time elapsed between when the truck became stuck and the collision.
"It's still an open investigation," he said. "We're super-fortunate no one was hurt or killed in this."