A freight train crashed into a cement truck Thursday morning, leaving a commuter mess along a SEPTA Regional Rail line in Bucks County.
The wreck happened along the tracks near the railroad crossing at Big Oak and Township Line roads on the edge of Yardley and Middletown Township.
Freight operator CSX said the crash happened around 5:23 a.m.
As SkyForce10 hovered overhead after 6:30 a.m., the locomotive could be seen stopped some ways down the tracks from the railroad crossing with a wheeled vehicle wrapped around its front. The truck appeared to belong to a concrete company.
No one on the train was injured, CSX said.
“This is not a hazmat incident,” Middletown Township police said in a Facebook post. “There was a small amount of diesel fuel, and a larger amount of gypsum (plaster or drywall dust) along the tracks where the crash occurred but there is no hazard to the public.”
Crews from Bucks county, however, did respond to brush fires that sparked along the tracks, CSX said.
“CSX appreciates the swift response of Bucks County first responders,” the freight train giant said.
No word yet on how the incident occurred.
SEPTA’s West Trenton Line shares the tracks.
“Inbound service to Center City is suspended until further notice due to police activity near Woodbourne Station,” SEPTA initially wrote on its alerts page. “Outbound train #302 will terminate service at Neshaminy Station.” Inbound train #303 will originate from Neshaminy Falls Station.”
Just before 8 a.m., SEPTA said that inbound service between West Trenton and Neshaminy Falls stations had resumed, but would be delayed by 30 minutes.
About 30 minutes later, service was suspended in both directions between between West Trenton and Neshaminy Falls, SEPTA said.
West Trenton: Service is suspended in both directions between West Trenton and Neshaminy Stations due to emergency personnel clearing the track area. Trains will originate/ terminate from Neshaminy Station.
That service disruption lasted through much of the morning. The service was later restored Thursday afternoon.
West Trenton: Trains have resumed service to/from West Trenton. Outbound train #6320 will operate through to West Trenton. Inbound train #381 will be the first train to operate inbound from West Trenton. Redisual delays are expected while full operations are restored.
The truck had markings for “Gypsum Floors” and “Poured Flooring” on it.
NBC10 reached out to J.M. Pereira & Sons — the company whose name is also emblazed along the side of the wreck — but a person who answered the phone had no comment about the crash.
Police warned cleanup could take into the afternoon or early evening.