GARFIELD - The engineer of the New Jersey Transit train that crashed into a tractor-trailer in Garfield two weeks ago spoke exclusively with News 12 about the incident.
Benoit Armand says his life flashed before his eyes when he saw the tractor-trailer on the tracks near the Plauderville Station. He says he had just enough time to apply the emergency brake and hit the emergency fuel shut off, which may have saved dozens of lives.
The locomotive of the six-car train derailed and the truck was overturned.
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According to the statement the tractor-trailer driver gave to police, the trailer became stuck as he was crossing the tracks. He did not call 911.
After an undetermined period of time, which is currently under investigation, the gates had been lowered and the ensuing collision occurred.
Armand told News 12 that he began training to be an engineer 18 months ago. During the impact, he lost consciousness and was later diagnosed with a concussion. He also suffers from neck and back pain, and had lacerations to his knees and elbows.