Memphis man dies after truck collided with train, causing derailment and traffic to be shutdown

Memphis man dies after truck collided with train, causing derailment and traffic to be shutdown

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

1 man airlifted to Regional One after his truck was hit by a WB Norfolk Southern Train in Germantown. The train derailed. Pieces of it are scattered along the grass and street. One of the boxcars is blocking all 3 lanes of Poplar Pike between Poplar avenue and Forest Hill-Irene. Germantown Police tell me this section of Poplar Pike will be closed “indefinitely.” Capt. Mike Fisher tells me the EBOX truck was crossing a private driveway when it was hit by the train.

Posted by Valerie Calhoun FOX13 Memphis on Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Germantown Police Department announced Poplar Pike is now open for traffic.