Story by: Boyd A Loving
A tractor trailer hauling an over sized load through Glen Rock on Thursday afternoon, 07/27, was unable to successfully clear a grade level NJ Transit railroad crossing on Rock Road before warning gates lowered and hit the tractor.
Two (2) Glen Rock PD uniformed patrol supervisors who were escorting the vehicle ordered the truck driver to back up offof the tracks to avoid a potential train vs. truck collision.
Both train and vehicle commuter traffic came to a halt. Per resident Jim Leonard, “I had to get off the train at Broadway Fair Lawn and get a ride back to town.”
The damaged warning gate was repaired by a NJ Transit Maintenance of Way technician, at which time train traffic was resumed. The over sized vehicle was backed westward on Rock Road to Main Street in order that it could continue on its way to Paramus.
A NJ Transit Emergency Services Unit also responded to the scene. No injuries were reported by the truck driver. At least two (2) NJ Transit Bergen Line trains were significantly delayed due by the incident.