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Longmeadow snow plow operate struck, killed by train





A Longmeadow public works employee was killed after the snow plow he was driving was struck by an Amtrak plow train clearing the tracks late Tuesday afternoon, officials said.

The worker, who was not identified, was plowing across the railroad track around 4 p.m. when the plow train struck his vehicle at a private crossing near Birnie Road, according to Amtrak spokesperson Mike Tolbert.

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“The crossing is kind of a minor crossing,” Town Manager Stephen Crane said. “It doesn’t have traffic controls.”

The incident occurred at Birnie and Pondside roads, Crane said.

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There were no passengers onboard the plow train, which was operated by only crew members to “plow snow and clear the tracks,” Tolbert said.

Crane added the Longmeadow employee was alone in the snow plow vehicle during the collision, and there was a medical examiner on scene.

Amtrak police are investigating the incident.

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No further information was immediately available late Tuesday night.

Lauren Fox can be reached at lauren.fox@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @laurenbfox.


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