LOPATCONG TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – The driver of a tractor trailer that struck a train Thursday morning in Lopatcong Township has been issued traffic summonses, according to police.
Jose Nunez-Campos, 59, of Manville, NJ was charged with careless driving and failure to observe traffic signal. Additional charges are pending.
The crash happened at around 11:01 a.m. at the intersection of Route 57 and Strykers Road, police said.
A police Investigation concluded that a Kenworth tractor hauling an empty municipal waste trailer, driven by Nunez-Campos, was making a left turn from Route 57 west onto Strykers Rd. While negotiating the turn, he observed the flashing railroad crossing warning lights, but allegedly had loud music playing affecting his observations, and struck the westbound train owned by Norfolk Southern, police said.
The train’s engineer/operator was Donald Lachenaven and the conductor was Nicholas Nastasi. Both men’s statements confirmed with witnesses’ accounts that all lights were operational and horns were sounded as per protocol, police said.
No injures were reported, police said.
The investigation will be turned over to railroad authorities, police said.
Township Police responded with various agencies including Lopatcong Township Fire, Lopatcong Emergency Squad and the Warren County Hazmat Team.
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