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Amtrak restores service following crash in Berlin

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A motor vehicle crashed into a train on Monday morning. (Photo Courtesy: Derik Kumagai) A motor vehicle crashed into a train on Monday morning. (Photo Courtesy: Derik Kumagai)
People grab their belongings after a train collides with a vehicle in Berlin. (Photo Courtesy: Michael Mohammadi) People grab their belongings after a train collides with a vehicle in Berlin. (Photo Courtesy: Michael Mohammadi)
Amtrak train catches on fire after crashing into motor vehicle. (Photo Courtesy: Michael Mohammadi) Amtrak train catches on fire after crashing into motor vehicle. (Photo Courtesy: Michael Mohammadi)
Two people were injured in the train crash. (@WFSB Photo) Two people were injured in the train crash. (@WFSB Photo)
Passengers were put on a school bus and taken to nearby destination after the crash. (@WFSB Photo) Passengers were put on a school bus and taken to nearby destination after the crash. (@WFSB Photo)
BERLIN, CT (WFSB) -

Five people were taken to the hospital after a tree-trimming truck collided with an Amtrak train in Berlin on Monday morning.

The crash, which involved the 490 Train heading from New Haven to Springfield, occurred on Norton Lane near Silver Lake at about 9:30 a.m.

There were 46 people on the train when it crashed into a white bucket truck, Amtrak officials said.

Four people from the train, who were not crew members, and a truck worker were injured, but their conditions were unknown.

The train, which was traveling at 70 mph, was derailed after colliding with the tree-trimming truck, Amtrak officials said.

The truck was part of a work crew out trimming trees in the area. However, it is unclear if the workers were following the right protocol.

The truck was from Trees Incorporated, and when Eyewitness News contacted the company two hours after the crash, they didn't know about it.

Earlier this month, an accident report was filed out of Meriden, where a man working for Trees Incorporated died after a tree limb hit him in the head.

The truck and wood chipper were reportedly parked on the track, and one of the workers tried to move the truck as the train was approaching it.

"Part of the truck or trailer is embedded in front of the train, the train is derailed. The piece of equipment was on fire when we got here," said Berlin Fire Chief Jim Simons.

Trees Incorporated is based out of Houston, and Eyewitness News is finding a history of accidents with the company's name attached.

Last summer in Michigan, Trees Incorporated had two violations against it and paid out $12,600.

At the end of 2011 in California, a man was hospitalized after hitting his head when he slipped on the job.

There are also a handful of complaints in between those accident reports.

According to Amtrak, in order to do work near the tracks, a company would need to apply for a permit to get on the tracks since it is private property. There is no word yet if Trees Incorporated did that.

Calls to Trees Incorporated weren't immediately returned, and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) isn't commenting yet, but said they should have more information on Tuesday.

After the crash happened on Monday, passengers said they could smell something burning and said the train carriages were filling up with smoke. Some passengers also said the crash felt like a "massive jolt" with a lot of debris and dust surrounding the train.

Amtrak service was suspended temporarily; however, it has since been restored.

Passengers were removed from the train and placed on a bus to get them to their destination, Amtrak officials said.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy went to the crash site but did not release a statement on the incident.

Crews from Berlin, Cromwell, Meriden, New Britain, Westfield, Kensington as well as eight Hunters Ambulances and all-terrain vehicles were called to assist with the crash.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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