GERMANTOWN, Tenn. - A man has died after his truck collided with a train in Germantown.
Police said Marco Brooks, 40, of Memphis, was initially rushed to Regional One in critical condition. However, he later died from his injuries.
The train derailment has caused a large portion of a popular road to be shutdown indefinitely. Officials said work continued throughout the night, and traffic is now back open.
According to Germantown police, the train derailed on Poplar Pike between Poplar Avenue and Forest Hill-Irene after hitting a truck.
The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the 9400 block of Poplar Pike.
#TrainDerailment Germantown @GermantownPD tell me the WB train hit EBOX truck crossing a private driveway off Poplar Pike. Parts of the train or scattered along Poplar Pike and across the three lanes of this road. One injury. The driver.@FOX13Memphis pic.twitter.com/PMUoftdG9W— Valerie (@valonfox) June 13, 2019
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Police said a portion of the train derailed after it collided with an EBOX dumpster truck. Officers said the truck was on a private drive crossing the tracks when the crash happened.
1:40pm West bound Norfolk southern train hit a truck on a private driveway off Poplar Pike. Driver airlifted to regional One. @GermantownPD this is between poplar avenue and Forest Hill. It will be shut down “indefinitely“ acc to GPD pic.twitter.com/4Y1Uk5C8MM— Valerie (@valonfox) June 13, 2019
FOX13 crews on scene observed traffic being diverted away from where the train derailed. Debris lined the roadway as the truck spilled off the tracks, and traffic was shut down for nearly 24 hours.
The Germantown Police Department announced Poplar Pike is now open for traffic.
Traffic Update - Poplar Pike between Forest Hill Irene and Poplar Avenue is open for traffic. We appreciate everyone’s patience over the past twenty four hours.— Germantown TN Police (@GermantownPD) June 14, 2019
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