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Amtrak Suing Owners Of Truck In Deadly Downeaster Crash

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An Amtrak Downeaster train from Boston collided with a dump truck at a crossing in North Berwick, Maine on July 11, 2011.

An Amtrak Downeaster train from Boston collided with a dump truck at a crossing in North Berwick, Maine on July 11, 2011.

SOMERVILLE (CBS) – Amtrak is suing a Somerville company that owned a truck involved in a deadly train crash last month.

The Triumvirate Environmental Inc. truck was in a railroad crossing in North Berwick, Maine, when the Downeaster passenger train struck it.

Amtrak claims the truck driver ignored railroad crossing signs and other warnings.

That truck driver, 35-year-old Peter Barnum of Farmington, N.H., was killed in the fiery collision. He was hauling more than 20 tons of garbage to a regional waste incinerator.

Four passengers on the train had minor injuries.

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