Driver critically injured in train crash identified

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

A Greencastle man was flown to York Hospital by helicopter following a motor vehicle crash with a train at 2:41 p.m. Monday, July 8. Robert Speak, Jr., 49, was listed in critical condition.

Pennsylvania State Police said Speak was driving a 2005 Ford E350 and pulled into the path of a Norfolk Southern train. The crossing was at 70 Mason Road, which is a rural lane connecting U.S. 11 and Brown’s Mill Road, north of Greencastle. The truck was pushed into a nearby cornfield.

Norfolk Southern officials said the train was traveling south, with two employees aboard. Three locomotives were pulling 32 cars, making the train a mile long. The Ford had been traveling west. The vehicle carried the Greencastle business logo Dual County Heating & Air Conditioning.

The truck appeared to have hit the train in the midsection. The approach from Mason Road to the track is an incline. The intersection has crossing and stop signs on both sides.

Marion Fire Police controlled traffic at each end of Mason Road. Greencastle Rescue Hose Company responded to the scene. Once the driver was transported, the emergency vehicles left. Norfolk Southern personnel were present until 4:42 p.m. when the train began rolling again.