Train Collides with Potato Truck


On Sunday, July 10 officers from the Milford Police Department’s Uniform Patrol Division responded to North DuPont Hwy south of Milford-Harrington Hwy to a report of a motor vehicle collision involving a tractor trailer and a train.

Investigation revealed Samuel S. Frymoyer, 25 of Mcalisterville, Pa, was operating a 1996 Kenworth tractor pulling a trailer load of potatoes. Mr. Frymoyer failed to stop at the flashing railroad signal and pulled in front a train travelling west bound. The train made contact with the trailer, destroying the trailer and causing its load to disperse onto the roadway.

Route 113 was closed in both directions for several hours while DELDOT, Norfolk Southern, Carlisle Fire Company, and Milford Police coordinated cleanup efforts. Mr. Frymoyer was charged with Driving a Motor Vehicle While Using Electronic Communication Device, Failure to Have Registration in Possession, and Failing to Stop 15 to 50 feet Before a Railroad Crossing. There were no injuries reported as a result of this collision.

As DELDOT officials cleaned up the potatoes they separated the spuds into two loads. The first load of damaged potatoes was thrown away but the second load which contained potatoes that could be salvaged were delivered to the Food Bank of Delaware, located in Milford. In the next few days the Food Bank of Delaware plans to use volunteers to help sort through the potatoes and bag them up for hungry Delawareans.