Amtrak train collides with truck in Maine

An Amtrak train hit a dump truck Monday in Maine, killing the driver, the agency confirmed.

The train, number 681 on Amtrak's Downeaster service, hit the truck just after 11 a.m. The driver was reportedly trying to beat the train to a railroad crossing.

Amtrak said none of the 109 passengers on the train was injured, though service on the Downeaster route, which runs from Boston to Portland, Maine, was disrupted.

The accident was the second crash involving an Amtrak train and a truck in recent weeks. A tractor-trailer hit a train in Nevada in June, leading to six deaths.

The accidents have come amid debates in Washington about privatizing Amtrak service in the Northeast. Republican critics of the agency have argued that private companies could operate the service more efficiently than the national passenger rail service.