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Road Reopened, Driver Charged Following Morning Crash

Westminster traffic is flowing freely following the clean-up efforts on Hahn Road.

A 63-year-old Pennsylvania man has been charged with negligent driving and other offense following a morning collision in Westminster involving the tractor-trailer he was operating and an oncoming train. There were no reported injuries.

Sheriff’s deputies have charged Thomas E. Taylor, of Biglerville, PA, with negligent driving, failing to stop at a railroad crossing and other driver-related offenses.

Hahn Road between Route 27 and Woodward Road has been reopened after having been closed until 3 p.m. on Monday.

Taylor's vehicle, a 2003 Mack Tractor pulling a 53-foot trailer, was traveling east along Hahn Road just before 11 a.m., when it crossed the tracks into the path of an oncoming train that was traveling north, according to police reports. The train rammed the back of the trailer, crushing the backside of the nearly empty container and pushing it from the tracks before stopping approximately 300 feet down the track. 

Police say alcohol is not considered to be a factor in the collision.

The investigation revealed that the flashing railroad crossing signals were operating at the time of the collision, and that the train’s engineer had sounded the train’s whistle prior to the crossing, the police press release stated. 

Taylor has also been charged with failing to keep his driver log book current and with having no records of his vehicle operations for the past seven days. According to the release, Taylor has been released on citations pending trial.  

Members of the Maryland State Police, Maryland State Highway Administration, and Carroll County Public Works Department worked to redirect traffic during the investigation and clean-up. 

Anyone with information about the accident, or who may have witnessed the collision, is asked to contact Deputy Brandon Holland of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at 410-386-2900, or bholland@ccg.carr.org. 

withavengeance February 03, 2012 at 06:38 PM
I think BP is a disgruntled former employee of CSX or some other railroad.
Nick Trent February 04, 2012 at 05:47 AM
Here's something that'll make BP even more happy. Now, instead of flashing lights at this crossing (Due to the tractor trailer taking em out) a guy gets out of the train with flares, and stops traffic manually as the train crosses at less than 1 MPH. lol!
Sheila F February 04, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Where are there GATES at a railroad crossing in Hampstead?
Sheila F February 05, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Sorry BP.....but Ive been on 30 from Reisterstown to the PA line and do not recall GATES. Be a little more specific.
Sheila F February 08, 2012 at 01:52 AM
BP Youre gonna have to be a little specific in the way that you could give me cross streets. This longitude latitude stuff doesnt work for me. My bf traveled from 30 from Rt 91 all the way north today and saw no gates. So either youre misinformed or relying on some report on the internet. Either way, you cant be local to this area.

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