Several freight cars derailed Thursday afternoon near Dillsburg after the train hauling them collided with a tractor-trailer carrying an oversized load,
Several freight cars derailed Thursday afternoon near Dillsburg after the train hauling them collided with a tractor-trailer carrying an oversized load, state police said. (Photo by Jason Malmon of The Sentinel)

12:45 p.m. update: York Road should reopen completely by 5 p.m., state police said Friday.

At 12:45 p.m., four railroad cars remained at the railroad crossing, police said. Once the cars have been removed, the railroad crossing gate will need to be fixed.

Original story: Several freight cars derailed Thursday afternoon not far from Dillsburg after the train hauling them collided with a tractor-trailer carrying an oversized load, state police said.

It happened on the railroad tracks at the intersection of York Road and Creek Road in Monroe Township, Cumberland County, about 1:40 p.m., according to Trooper Rob Hicks, a state police spokesman.

The tractor-trailer was southbound on York Road and trying to negotiate a curve at the Norfolk-Southern railroad crossing when a freight train hit the trailer, which was carrying a large concrete beam, Hicks said.

The crash caused several freight cars to derail, he said.

The train's engineer was treated at the scene for a minor injury, according to Hicks, who said the tractor-trailer driver wasn't hurt.

The road was expected to remain closed for hours while freight cars were cleared, he said.



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