UPDATE: GRMANTOWN, Tenn. — The area of Poplar Pike between Forest Hill Irene and Poplar Avenue was reopened for traffic Friday around 3:30 p.m., Germantown Police said.
GERMANTOWN, Tenn. — The driver of a garbage truck that was hit by a train on Poplar Pike in Germantown on Thursday has died.
Germantown Police said the portion of Poplar Pike between Forest Hill Irene and Poplar Avenue was closed while the accident was cleared up.
Police said a portion of the westbound Norfolk Southern train derailed following a crash where it hit a garbage truck crossing the tracks around 1:40 p.m. It is unclear if the train was stuck on the tracks while crossing.
Officials said the train had 30 cars on it, and 14 of them derailed with many going into the street. All the derailed cars were empty and had no hazardous material. Train personnel were medically evaluated and are fine.
The garbage truck driver was airlifted to Regional One Hospital in critical condition. On Friday, the Germantown Police Department confirmed he had died from his injuries.
Investigators have not said where exactly the truck was crossing the tracks or if federal agencies will investigate the crash.