Train vs. trash truck accident near Dresden

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
The Finger Lakes Railway engine that struck the garbage truck Jan. 17 at the Rock Haven Beach Road crossing north of Dresden.

For the second time in about three years, a trash truck came out on the losing end of an encounter with a Finger Lakes Railway train along Seneca Lake.

This time it was a Feher Rubbish Removal truck that crossed in front of the moving train at about 10:45 a.m. Feb. 17.

Yates County Sheriff’s Deputies report James H. Vanscoter, 42, of 245 William St., Geneva was driving the truck west on Rock Haven Beach Road in Torrey with Andrew A. Palmer, 21, of Seneca Falls, as a passenger, when he failed to stop at the crossing, and was struck by the train driven by Erwin Kistner, 62, of Geneva, with Timothy Campbell, 22, of Geneva, as a passenger, travelling south pulling eight empty freight cars.

Both the truck and train suffered damage, but were able to leave the scene under their own power. No injuries were reported, but Vanscoter was ticketed for failure to stop at a railroad crossing and unsafe tires.

Feher Rubbish trucks have been involved in several other accidents in Yates County, including one that flipped less than a half mile away on Anthony Road in Feb. 2011 when the driver rounded a curve too fast, and another on Rte. 54A at Sand Hill Road in Indian Pines in Oct. 2011, when its brakes reportedly failed.

A Cassella Waste truck was struck by a train on the same line near the intersection of Earl’s Hill Road and State Rte. 14 in Dec. 2010.