LEBANON, TN – The Music City Star commuter train that travels between Nashville and Lebanon, TN, hit a dump truck crossing the tracks near a construction site in Wilson County Tuesday morning. No one was injured.
The Music City Star is a commuter rail service that runs between Nashville and Lebanon, Tennessee covering 32 miles of rail line. The railroad service uses the existing tracks of the Nashville and Eastern Railroad and currently has six stops: Riverfront Station (western terminus), Donelson, Hermitage, Mt. Juliet, Martha (Tennessee State Route 109 and U.S. Highway 70), and Lebanon (eastern terminus).
The train was on its way to pick up passengers in Lebanon when it struck the semi dump truck on a construction crossing just east of Highway 109, Metropolitan Transit Authority spokeswoman Patricia Harris-Morehead reports.
According to Harris-Morehead there were no passengers on the train at the time, only the train engineer and conductor. The train hit the truck while the truck was backing across the tracks. The truck driver was not injured.
The train was preparing to make its last run of the morning. Its afternoon schedule was not affected by the crash.
The Tennessee Titans football game is still scheduled for Friday. The Music City Star train is scheduled to run a Game-Day Express to shuttle passengers to and from the Tennessee Titans football game on Friday. This accident will not interrupt any of those plans, officials said.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority took over management of the train last year from the Regional Transportation Authority, which started running between Lebanon and Nashville in 2006.
Harris-Morehead said Tuesday afternoon’s accident was the fifth time the train had collided with a vehicle along the route, which runs from Nashville’s riverfront through Hermitage, Donelson and Mt. Juliet before it ends off Baddour Parkway in Lebanon.
None of those crashes resulted in serious injuries, she said.
In August 2008, the train hit a car stuck in a ditch near Tulip Grove Road in Hermitage. A month later, a teen was treated for bumps and bruises after being hit by the train while driving his truck over the tracks in Lebanon. Police said he tried to cross the tracks despite the flashing warning lights, and that he got out of his truck before the train hit it.
Tennessean.com contributed to this story.
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