WALTHAM (CBS) – It was just a drill.
Firefighters put all their skills to the test Sunday in Waltham, where an emergency drill was held simulating a commuter train crash. The drill was held at a busy railroad crossing.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports.
The simulated accident involved a commuter train that hit a stalled-out car on the tracks at the Beaver Street railroad crossing.
The car was rear-ended by a tanker truck, which began leaking fake fuel.
Three volunteers played the part of severely injured car passengers. Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to pry the passengers out of the mangled vehicle.
Fire crews also rescued several injured passengers on the train.
“This is one of those events where we hope will never, ever happen, but it can. These trains go through our city every morning,” said Chief Paul Ciccone of the Waltham Fire Department.