July 09, 2020

Ashland man escapes injury in crash with train

ASHLAND – An 81-year-old Ashland man walked away from an accident scene relatively unscathed Thursday afternoon after his vehicle collided with a train.

Ashland Police Chief Cyr Martin said Friday that the crash occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m.

The chief said Norman Long was driving his Ford Ranger along the Wrightville Road when he came to the railroad tracks.

Long apparently did not see a Maine, Montreal & Atlantic Railway train that was headed along the track, and the train struck his vehicle as it was crossing the tracks.

The crossing has warning signs but no flashing lights, Martin said Friday.

The train pushed Long’s vehicle into a nearby embankment and the truck flipped over.

Crews from the Ashland Fire and Ambulance Department went to the scene and took Long to The Aroostook Medical Center.

He suffered nonlife-threatening injuries in the accident and was hospitalized overnight, according to the chief.

Martin said that Officers Chris Hayes and Matthew Cummings continue to investigate the incident.

“Mr. Long does not remember anything,” he said Friday. “He does not recall seeing the train or the accident.”

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