Amtrak suing truck company involved in Maine crash

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Barnum was allegedly trying to beat the train to a railroad crossing.

The company is responsible because it “negligently hired Barnum and negligently entrusted the vehicle to Barnum, who it knew or should have known was unqualified to operate the Kenworth tractor-trailer combination,” the Amtrak suit argues.

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

— Originally posted at 1:22 p.m. and updated at 2:07 p.m.